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BOONE — AppHealthCare, the regional health department, is partnering with Mako Medical Laboratories to offer COVID-19 testing for Watauga County residents. Drive-through testing will be available Saturday, July 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Watauga High School, located at 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone.

Individuals must be residents of Watauga County and over 10 years of age. There is no cost for testing, which is available regardless of insurance status, AppHealthCare stated. If you have insurance, bring a copy of your insurance information. Participants should be notified by Monday, July 20, of their test results.

AppHealthCare encourages individuals to be tested who meet the current guidance for testing:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms,
  • Are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19,
  • May have been exposed to COVID-19,
  • Work as a first responder or are in law enforcement, fire department or health care,
  • Work in a setting where social distancing is difficult to maintain,
  • Are part of a historically marginalized population who may be at higher risk for exposure, or
  • Have attended mass gatherings like protests or rallies.

“We are grateful for the partnership with Mako Medical Laboratories, support from Watauga County and Watauga County Schools allowing parking lot space to provide this drive-through testing event, free of charge, for the Watauga County community. With the increases in COVID-19 cases locally, we know this is an important step to take to further identify and control the spread of this virus and protect the public’s health,” stated Jennifer Greene, health director for AppHealthCare.

If you have questions about the testing event, the AppHealthCare COVID-19 call center is available to take your calls during regular business hours at (828) 795-1970, and you can also email questions to

AppHealthCare is available and on-call 24/7 to respond to public health emergencies. To reach AppHealthCare, call Watauga at (828) 264-4995, Ashe at (336) 246-9449 or Alleghany at (336) 372-5641 anytime and follow the prompts. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

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