About COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a novel (new) coronavirus first detected in China has been detected in locations internationally, including the United States. The virus is named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019,” which is abbreviated COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.



Local/State Resources


You should be tested if:

  • You believe you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have no symptoms and you are at higher risk for severe illness (you are 65 or older, you have an underlying health condition or chronic condition), or have been in close contact with someone who is known to have a positive result.
  • If you are someone working in a frontline role or essential business where social distancing is hard to maintain.
  • If you are a first responder, law enforcement officer, fire department staff member, or healthcare staff member, please reach out if you would like to be tested.
  • If you live in or work in a facility where social distancing is hard to maintain, like congregate living, healthcare facilities or home care.

Testing locations:

For a list of testing locations in Watauga County, click here.

For a list of testing locations in Ashe County, click here.

For a list of testing locations in Alleghany County, click here.

For testing, call your healthcare provider or AppHealthCare. Please do not just show up to a healthcare provider without calling first. This will help your provider prepare should you need to be tested and lessen the potential exposure to others. AppHealthCare will serve anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. As is our usual day-to-day practice, a patient will not be turned away due to inability to pay. 

Members of the App State community who are concerned about symptoms they might be experiencing can contact Student Health Service at 828-262-3100 or AppHealthCare at 828-264-4995.