Sept. 17 map (Sept. 15 data)

County COVID-19 risk levels are calculated by the Harvard Global Health Institute based on Sept. 15 data. The risk levels are calculated based on a 7-day rolling average of the daily new cases per 100,000 people. The risk levels are Green (25 daily new cases per 100,000).

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. (Mobile users: Swipe left on the tables to view all columns.)

N.C. and U.S. Cases

North Carolina data comes from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (Sept. 17). 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 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 (Sept. 17). The daily new cases per 100,000 people is a 7-day rolling average and comes from the Harvard Global Health Institute (Sept. 15), which calculates four risk levels: Green (<1 daily new case per 100,000), Yellow (1<10 daily new cases per 100,000), Orange (10<25 daily new cases per 100,000) and Red (>25 daily new cases per 100,000).

- Cases Deaths Hospitalized Recovered/Inactive Daily New Cases Per 100K People
N.C. 189,576 3,180 894 167,257 11.3 (Risk Level: Orange)
U.S. 6,674,070 197,615 N/A 2,540,334 12 (Risk Level: Orange)

High Country Cases

Sources of case information in Watauga and surrounding counties include AppHealthCare (Sept. 17), Caldwell County Health Department (Sept. 17), NCDHHS (Sept. 17) and Tennessee Department of Health (Sept. 17). Not all counties report the same categories of data. The daily new cases per 100,000 people is a 7-day rolling average and comes from the Harvard Global Health Institute (Sept. 15), which calculates four risk levels: Green (<1 daily new case per 100,000), Yellow (1<10 daily new cases per 100,000), Orange (10<25 daily new cases per 100,000) and Red (>25 daily new cases per 100,000).

- Resident Cases Active Cases Recovered/Inactive Deaths Daily New Cases Per 100K People
Watauga 772 115 N/A 5 10.7 (Risk Level: Orange)
Ashe 247 9 N/A 2 7.9 (Risk Level: Yellow)
Avery 313 N/A N/A 1 66.7 (Risk Level: Red)
Caldwell 1,595 606 962 27 7.1 (Risk Level: Yellow)
Wilkes 1,134 N/A N/A 31 8.6 (Risk Level: Yellow)
Carter 1,084 83 974 27 17.0 (Risk Level: Orange)
Johnson 620 170 448 2 81.1 (Risk Level: Red)

AppHealthCare District (Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany)*

As of Sept. 17, AppHealthCare is also currently monitoring 232 people in Watauga County, 23 people in Ashe and 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.

*Hospitalizations and non-resident cases are cumulative totals updated Sept. 17, and not all are active.

Residents Hospitalized Positive Tests Among Non-County Residents
34 63

Appalachian State

Appalachian State is reporting 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. Numbers updated Sept. 17.

- Total Cases Active Cases
Students 338 83
Employees 26 1
Subcontractors 41 0
TOTAL 405 84

Testing

Testing numbers could be incomplete due to differences in reporting from health departments and other agencies. Sources include AppHealthCare (as of Sept. 5), NCDHHS (Sept. 17), Caldwell County Health Department (Sept. 17) and Tennessee Department of Health (Sept. 17). AppHealthCare is reporting test numbers once per week. Wilkes Health and Toe River Health District are not reporting the number of tests completed.

The percent positive is reported by NCDHHS and represents the average percent of tests that are positive during the last two weeks. Counties with fewer than an average of 50 daily tests for the two weeks are not shown because there are not enough electronically reported tests in that county to provide a reliable percent positive calculation. The percent positive may fluctuate substantially as there are a smaller number of tests than the state percent positive. All data are preliminary and subject to change.

State/County Total Tests Completed % Positive
N.C. 2,714,175 5.6%
Watauga 11,881 4.6%
Ashe 7,158 5.8%
Avery N/A 14.5%
Caldwell 21,568 4.5%
Wilkes N/A 5.4%
Carter 14,880 N/A
Johnson 5,897 N/A

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