By Nathan Ham
The news surrounding COVID-19 in the High Country continues to be concerning as hospitalizations from the virus now sit at 105 people in Ashe, Watauga and Alleghany counties, according to the latest data provided by AppHealthCare.
There are currently 140 active cases in Watauga, 99 active cases in Ashe and 53 active cases in Alleghany. So far 33 deaths have been reported in Ashe, 20 in Watauga and four in Alleghany. The major surge in deaths in Ashe County has been reported at Margate Health and Rehab where there has been a large, ongoing outbreak that has affected 89 residents and 54 staff members. Of those positive tests, 13 have died. Currently, the outbreak appears to be on the decline with just five active cases among residents and one staff member with an active case.
In addition to the current positive tests, there are 566 individuals in the area being monitored for potential exposure to the virus.
Now that the holiday season is over, it is expected that areas in the High Country will see an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Hospitals are already being strained in the area, so much so that Samaritan’s Purse has set up a mobile field hospital in Caldwell County to help treat COVID-19 patients that do not currently require a ventilator as part of their treatment.
COVID-19 Testing Locations
As a reminder, AppHealthCare offers COVID-19 testing at their healthcare locations. To schedule an appointment in Ashe, Watauga or Alleghany counties, call 828-795-1970.
Other locations and doctor’s offices also offer testing. Call your primary care physicians if you are unsure if they are offering COVID-19 testing
Ashe County locations that are offering testing
Mountain Family Care Center (located on the campus of Ashe Memorial Hospital) – 336-846-6322
CVS Pharmacy – 336-246-2790
Ashe Pediatrics – 336-846-4543
Watauga County locations that are offering testing
AppFamily Medicine – 828-386-2222
High Country Community Health – 828-262-3886
CVS Pharmacy – 828-262-0900
Boone Drug – 828-264-8929
Alleghany County locations that are offering testing
Alleghany Family Practice – 336-372-5606
Avery County locations that are offering testing
Baker Center for Primary Care – 828-737-7711
Elk River Medical Associates – 828-898-5177
Avery County Pool (Toe River Health District testing location) – 828-773-6031