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RALEIGH — 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.

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RALEIGH — 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.

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RALEIGH — 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.

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WATAUGA — Four local businesses had already submitted applications for funding from the Reenergize Watauga Fund during the first day of its launch, according to Chris Grasinger, the High Country regional manager of Mountain BizWorks.

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BOONE — At 2 p.m. on June 2, emergency restrictions mandating one-way shopping aisles, mask wearing by employees in indoor establishments open to the public, daily screenings of employees for symptoms and other measures will take effect in the town of Boone.

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BLOWING ROCK — Blowing Rock Town Council members met May 21 to discuss the town’s emergency declaration and specifically how it will handle several upcoming parks and recreation events, including its annual summer camp, the opening of the town’s pool and its July 4 celebration.

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BOONE — Appalachian State University officials are working to determine which students are eligible to receive part of the $7,963,966 allocated for student aid as a portion of the funding the university received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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RALEIGH — 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.

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BOONE — Confetti and bubbles filled the air during what Two Rivers Community School called a “reverse parade” on May 22 as vehicles with students and families drove by while teachers from the school cheered and held signs.

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BOONE — Following a restraining order and two meetings on the matter, the Boone Town Council voted 4-1 on May 26 to strike the 14-day self-isolation requirement from the COVID-19 state of emergency amendments it passed on May 21.

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BOONE — A woman who spent roughly a year in Boone as an international student from China seven years ago mailed masks to a Valle Crucis couple after hearing about the personal protective equipment shortage due to COVID-19.

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BOONE — Less than 24 hours after the restriction was passed, a Watauga County judge has blocked the town of Boone from enforcing a restriction barring anyone who has overnighted outside of Watauga County from entering indoor establishments until they have stayed in the county for 14 days.

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BOONE — Under new restrictions adopted by the Boone Town Council on May 21, anyone (except work commuters) arriving in the town of Boone who previously overnighted outside Watauga County will not be permitted to enter establishments open to the public, other than medical facilities, until th…

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BOONE — The Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament has turned into a High Country tradition that promotes baseball locally and helps raise funds for baseball causes.

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RALEIGH — N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced on May 20 that North Carolina would move into Phase 2 of the statewide reopening plan at 5 p.m. on May 22 with the approval of Executive Order 141.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina's number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 topped 20,000 on Wednesday, May 20. Watauga and Ashe remain at 12 and 28 cases, respectively, while neighboring Wilkes County is at 447 cases and on Wednesday reported its second COVID-19-related death.

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WATAUGA — Starting in June, Watauga County Schools will start to modify how it distributes meals to children during the summer months.

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RALEIGH — 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.

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BOONE — On May 18 and 19, local health departments announced that the number of Watauga County residents testing positive for COVID-19 has risen to 12 and that Avery County has its first confirmed case of the virus.

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BOONE — Additional Watauga County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of identified cases among Watauga County residents to 11.

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RALEIGH — COVID-19 cases among Watauga County residents increased to 11 on May 18, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Raleigh News & Observer. In addition, Avery County reported its first positive test — the last of the state's 100 counties to do so.

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BOONE — Eyes and ears are focused on Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21, when the Watauga County Board of Commissioners and Boone Town Council will each deliberate over how to move forward with local COVID-19 restrictions.

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BOONE — Regional home sales declined in April, as both buyers and sellers coped with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Realtors remained at work throughout the month albeit under extraordinary conditions, according to the most recent sales figures recorded by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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AVERY COUNTY — As North Carolina slowly loosens restrictions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of local resorts have released their strategic reopening plans to once again welcome visitors.

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BLOWING ROCK — The executive committee of the Tour of Homes Blowing Rock — an event held annually by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to raise money for High Country nonprofits — has decided to postpone this year’s tour until July 2021.