Hogan’s ‘Backyard Bugs’ learning kit for her business Discovery Valley Learning Kits. This item was available the week of April 13 and contained a create your own bug, stickers and prints, ladybug stamping and more.
Teddy bears can be found in the window of the Jones House on King Street. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a teddy bear scavenger hunt has formed across the nation. Community members are placing bears in windows, yards and businesses to brighten moods in isolation, and Watauga County is now taking part in the hunt.
Several grocery stores and retail chains have installed new shields such as this one photographed at the Food Lion of Blowing Rock on March 30. These shields have been installed as a measure to help protect employees and customers during the checkout process and help mark off six feet of distance in compliance with social distancing.
Watauga County Board of Education members and student representatives met virtually on April 6. Pictured: Brenda Reese, Emerson Huffman, Gary Childers, Haleigh Lawson, Jay Fenwick, Ron Henries, Scott Elliott and Steve Combs.
A testing site near Watauga Medical Center is pictured on March 19. Patients should not visit the testing site unless they have first been screened by a provider at https://relymd.com/covidarhs/ and given a doctor’s referral to be administered a flu test and possibly the COVID-19 test.
From left, pre-K teacher assistant Miranda Brown, math specialist Melissa Miller and kindergarten teacher Donna Greene distribute meals to a family on March 17, the first day of the feeding site at Green Valley School.
Ben Carson (Lead Pastor at FaithBridge United Methodist Church), Catherine King (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church), Tiffany Christian (Outreach Coordinator for The Rock) and Kathy Beach (Pastor at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church) listen to Denise Presnell (right) discuss ideas at a March 16 meeting.
ARHS public safety staff work with Watauga County Emergency Management staff to inventory and clean emergency equipment and supplies, including a yurt-style tent. Rob Hudspeth, ARHS senior vice president for advancement, noted that the tent would be too small for uses such as patient intake or triage, but could be utilized for other uses.
Photo courtesy Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Facebook page
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.