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The Lost Year: Looking back at a year of the COVID-19 pandemic

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HIGH COUNTRY — A year full of challenges all started with one case announced on March 3, 2020. A Wake County resident was exposed to the COVID-19 virus in Washington State. Since that day, more than 850,000 people have tested positive and more than 11,000 people have died in North Carolina.

In the High Country alone, more than 8,200 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 people have died during the past year.

Jen Greene

Jennifer Greene is the public health director/CEO for AppHealthCare.

Memorial Park warning

Signs such as the one pictured here on March were posted all over Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park warning visitors of the new restrictions against gatherings and asking those with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.

Watauga Medical Center entrance

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System plans for a possible surge of COVID-19 patients, which would be treated at the Watauga Medical Center, a 117-bed hospital, in Boone. The photo above was taken March 17.


AppHealthCare has worked with emergency management officials to set up a tent at its Watauga County office in case it needs to increase testing and sanitizing of supplies, spokesperson Melissa Bracey said Sunday, March 15.

Mass Vaccine Event Jan. 16

Sean Burroughs, director of pharmacy at ARHS, fills a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 16 at a mass vaccination event.

We Will Beat COVID
A sign in a downtown Boone business window sports a positive message in April 2020 — one month after the COVID-19 pandemic began for North Carolinians.

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