Following are updates on COVID-19 cases and test numbers in the U.S., North Carolina and in High Country counties. The following reports may differ from other sources due to the varied reporting times of multiple health agencies and other sources.
N.C. and U.S. Cases
Sources of North Carolina data include the Raleigh News & Observer (July 21) and NCDHHS (July 21). The numbers reported by the newspaper and NCDHHS, including the NCDHHS interactive graphic below this article, may differ as the newspaper updates numbers throughout the day while NCDHHS updates numbers once daily. The number of hospitalized patients represents those currently hospitalized in reporting hospitals and is not a cumulative total of people hospitalized. The estimate of people who have recovered is provided by NCDHHS once per week, on Mondays, and is based on the estimated median recovery time for non-hospitalized cases and for hospitalized cases. U.S. data is from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine (July 21).
High Country Cases
|Resident Cases||Active Cases||Recovered||Deaths|
Sources of case information in Watauga and surrounding counties include AppHealthCare (July 21), Toe River Health District (July 21), Caldwell County Health Department (July 21), Wilkes Health (July 21) and Tennessee Department of Health (July 21). Not all counties report the same categories of data.
AppHealthCare District (Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany)*
|Residents Hospitalized||Non-Resident Cases|
*Cumulative numbers updated July 21 (not all are active)
As of July 21, AppHealthCare is also currently monitoring 160 people in Watauga County, 39 people in Ashe and 23 people who reside outside of the three-county area due to those people being exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. These individuals are currently in quarantine and monitoring their symptoms.
|Total Cases||Active Cases|
*Numbers updated July 21
Appalachian State is reporting all cases among students, employees and subcontractors, regardless of where the cases are located, if they can be confirmed with public health officials. The “employees” category includes both faculty and staff. The “subcontractors” category indicates individuals working on campus construction projects who are employed by private construction companies, rather than the university.
The above testing numbers could be incomplete due to differences in reporting from health departments and other agencies. Sources include AppHealthCare (as of July 11), NCDHHS (July 21), Toe River Health District (July 10), Caldwell County Health Department (July 21) and Tennessee Department of Health (July 21). AppHealthCare is reporting test numbers once per week, on Thursdays. Wilkes Health is not reporting the number of tests completed.