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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.

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HIGH COUNTRY ─ Appalachian Regional Library, with public libraries in Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties, announced on March 28 that curbside service has been canceled, and all public library facilities, including the Western Watauga Branch and the Traphill Branch, will be entirely closed to …

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BOONE — Through a new campaign called “In This Together,” Blue Ridge Energy is increasing its efforts to help provide critical financial assistance to members and customers served by the electric cooperative and its propane and fuels subsidiary amid COVID-19 job and wage losses, the utility …

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RALEIGH — Citing the potential for nicer weather bringing people to the region’s state parks and spreading COVID-19, N.C. State Parks announced that Elk Knob State Park, Grandfather Mountain State Park, New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area are closed, effective March 27.

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RALEIGH — Four people with COVID-19 have died in North Carolina as of March 26, according to the Raleigh News & Observer, including residents from Cabarrus, Harnett and Johnston counties and a Virginia resident traveling in the state.

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HIGH COUNTRY — The High Country is home to bands and musical talent spanning every genre through a number of decades. In the face of COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, many are taking the changes in stride, turning to platforms and services such as Facebook Live and YouTube to share their music.

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BOONE — Pay raises of any kind for Appalachian State University faculty and staff might be unlikely for the 2019-20 school year as university officials respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOONE — While many local restaurants and shops face closures or drastically reduced operations as a result of COVID-19, others have experienced an uptick or steady business as a result of the virus’s impacts.

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RALEIGH — As the United States on March 26 surpassed China and Italy to become the nation with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, North Carolina this week announced a shift in its response, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is preparing for a potential influx of patient…

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BOONE — In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak and a canceled vacation to Costa Rica as a result, Michael Greene was searching for a way to give back to the High Country community when he and his wife came up with the idea of the Virtual Concert Dinner Series.

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BOONE — Due to the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases occurring across the state, Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina will no longer offer one night of services for individuals who are from outside its designated seven-county service area — Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, All…

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BOONE — Appalachian Regional Library, with public libraries in Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties, is now closed to the public due to the COVID-19 situation, until such a time as it feels it is safe to reopen to the public.

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RALEIGH — At least 729 people in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19, the Raleigh News & Observer reported as of 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

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BOONE — A fourth Watauga County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, AppHealthCare announced Thursday, March 26. This case had travel history and has been in isolation since being tested. The local public health staff have identified the close contacts, who have been in quarantine.

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Social distancing has been enforced across the country in response to COVID-19, causing nursing homes and hospitals to implement visitor restrictions. Local businesses and organizations are getting creative to keep spirits high amid these changes.

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the first two N.C. deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in a March 25 statement.

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RALEIGH — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina crested the 500 mark on March 24, according to reporting from the Raleigh News & Observer. 

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BOONE — More than 60 Appalachian State University faculty members joined in an online video-chat meeting on March 23 and discussed the ways that the university is still grappling with all of the changes brought forth by COVID-19.

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RALEIGH — According to a release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the organization has partnered with the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral network to launch a hotline to provide child care options for children of critical workers who do not have…

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BOONE — Boone Town Manager John Ward and Mayor Rennie Brantz on Tuesday, March 24, provided an update on town operations affected by COVID-19.

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RALEIGH — As the cases of COVID-19 continue to increase on a national level, the number of positive cases continues to follow suit within the borders of North Carolina, and Watauga County has confirmed its third case.

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WATAUGA — Over the course of six week days, Watauga County Schools served 12,841 meals to local children 18 and younger during a state-mandated closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RALEIGH — Positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continue to rise, as the Raleigh News & Observer reported that there are 307 reported cases as of 7:15 a.m. on March 23.

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RALEIGH — Increasing by 47 people from the day before, North Carolina has a total of 184 positive COVID-19 cases as of 10:30 a.m. on March 21, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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BLOWING ROCK — Tweetsie Railroad announced March 19 that it was postponing its opening day from its planned Friday, April 3, date.

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RALEIGH — A total of 137 positive COVID-19 cases, up 40 from the day before, was confirmed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in an update posted at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20.

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While federal and state legislators promise aid to help those financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, restaurants and retailers across the state are already feeling the pinch.

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CALDWELL — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute released a statement on March 18 to announce the closure of its campuses, including the campus in Watauga County, through March 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOONE — Spanning three days starting on March 16, AppHealthCare received approximately 260 phone calls from community members inquiring about COVID-19, according to Health Director Jennifer Greene.