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WATAUGA — Some small, locally owned restaurants in the High Country are concerned that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which was signed into law on Friday, March 27, by President Trump, will worsen their financial situations in the long run despite the relief it may im…

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RALEIGH — N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced and signed a new executive order on April 9 that limited stores that are still open to having no more than 20 percent of its fire-code capacity, or five people for every 1,000 square feet, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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BOONE — On Wednesday, April 8, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System was notified by AppHealthCare, the health department for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, that an ARHS employee who had recently traveled has tested positive for COVID-19.

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RALEIGH — AppHealthCare has been working collectively with local partners to secure blocks of rooms at area hotels to use as housing alternatives for people who need to quarantine away from their household members and others — a program that received FEMA approval on April 8.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on April 8 took action to provide more access to health care beds and get more medical workers to respond to the rising demand due the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed Executive Order No. 130, which expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential child care…

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JEFFERSON — A third Ashe County resident, who is also an Appalachian State University student, has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and is recovering at home, according to AppHealthCare.

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BOONE — In response to the recent public health threat, the High Country community is coming together like never before to ensure every individual and family has the resources needed to supply their basic needs. Part of this work is remembering and recognizing programs and organizations that…

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BOONE — As experts try to predict when COVID-19 cases will peak in North Carolina, health officials urge the public to continue practicing social distancing — and one scorecard says Watauga residents are heeding the advice.

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BOONE — AppHealthCare, the regional health department, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System said April 6 that they are following the guidance for use of cloth masks or face coverings by the general public as recently recommended by the CDC.

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RALEIGH — At least 43 North Carolina residents, most 65 or older, have died with the COVID-19 virus, as the confirmed number of cases rose to 2,958, according to the Raleigh News & Observer at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 6.

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BOONE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Watauga County Board of Education will virtually meet on April 6 and will live-stream the meeting for public viewing.

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RALEIGH — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in North Carolina rose to 259 as of 11:25 a.m. on April 3, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and 28 state residents infected with the virus have died as of 10:15 p.m. April 3, according to the Raleigh News…

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Jefferson — An Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This is the first positive case in Ashe County. This case was a close contact to someone with known travel history and is recovering at home. The local health department staff have identified close cont…

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WATAUGA — As Watauga County enters the month of April with COVID-19-related shutdowns and stay at home orders in effect for the foreseeable future, each municipality is deciding differently how to conduct its April meetings.

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WATAUGA — In the first week of N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order saying only “essential businesses” could remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, many local retailers have closed up while restaurants try to remain open and others keep on trudging along.

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RALEIGH — As COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in North Carolina, the state is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to activate a non-congregant sheltering program, which could mean patients with minor symptoms could be housed in hotels and collegiate dormitories, N.C. Emergency Manag…

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RALEIGH — The number of positive tests for COVID-19 in N.C. rose to 2,024 people, with 18 virus-related deaths, including a Wilkes County patient, according to the Raleigh News & Observer as of 10:45 p.m. April 2.

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RALEIGH — At least 1,716 North Carolina residents have tested positive for coronavirus and 15 people have died, according to the Raleigh News & Observer at 11:30 p.m. on April 1.

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In response to county and state health guidance in North Carolina and Virginia to slow the spread of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced on April 1 that planned seasonal facility openings and operations originally scheduled to open between before May 1 are now postponed until fur…

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BOONE — A sixth Watauga County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, and an additional case is in isolation in the county, AppHealthCare announced March 31.

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BOONE — Watauga County, along with the towns of Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone and Seven Devils, announced that effective at 5 p.m. on March 31, "all residents and non-residents of Watauga County arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in the county, to self-quarantine f…

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BOONE — On Saturday morning, Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare) informed Appalachian State University leadership that the fifth positive case of COVID-19, announced on March 27, was an App State student who is a resident of Watauga County and lives off campus.