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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 764 residents of North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19 as of its 12:20 p.m. update on Friday, March 27. The Raleigh News & Observer reports at least 880 people in North Carolina have tested positive for CO…

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HIGH COUNTRY — On Thursday March 27, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System announced a new supplemental pay program, called COVID Days Off to assist full-time and part-time employees whose hours have been reduced due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to an ARHS press release.

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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 Grandfather Mountain State Park, Elk Knob State Park, New River State Park and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area are closed, effective March 27.

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HIGH COUNTRY — 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 — Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, W…

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 636 residents of North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19 as of its 10:15 a.m. update on Thursday, March 26. The Raleigh News & Observer reports at least 690 people in North Carolina have tested positive for …

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BOONE — A fourth Watauga County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, AppHealthCare, which serves Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, announced Thursday, March 26. This case had travel history and has been in isolation since being tested. The local public health staff have identified …

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MITCHELL COUNTY — Neighboring Mitchell County confirmed its first case of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, according to a press release on Wednesday, March 25, from the Toe River Health District.

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RALEIGH — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in North Carolina crested the 600 mark on March 25, according to reporting from the Raleigh News & Observer 

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RALEIGH — As a handful of North Carolina counties order residents to stay home, and State Treasurer Dale Folwell tests positive for coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper updated residents on the coronavirus situation during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, Cooper.

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN — The Village of Sugar Mountain announced on March 25 that it has declared a state of emergency within the municipality due to the ramifications of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, according to a media release of the resolution by the town.

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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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NEWLAND — The local economy will be on the mend for the foreseeable future due to the effects of the coronavirus, but while it remains functioning at a limited capacity, entrepreneurs have been doing what they can to keep their services operating while applying a little ingenuity in the process.

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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.

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NEWLAND — The BIble is full of stories in which the people of Israel are afflicted by war, famine and disease, yet time after time God always reveals His mercy and grace in the end. So why would the present time be any different?

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NEWLAND — In these times of uncertainty, many Avery residents have questions related to their basic necessities. With unemployment increasing and many people living paycheck to paycheck, the circumstances can seem overwhelming. Yet the response from the community comes with a resounding clar…

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NEWLAND — Fortunately for Avery County, as of March 23, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19, yet the effects of the virus are being felt by many working class residents who are suddenly being forced to choose between going to work or staying home and watching their children.

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BOONE — A third Watauga County resident tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), according to a March 24 announcement by AppHealthCare, which serves Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.

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RALEIGH — Positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continue to rise, as the Raleigh News & Observer reported that there are 306 reported cases as of 8 p.m. on March 22.

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RALEIGH — Positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continue to rise, as the Raleigh News & Observer reported that there are 298 reported cases as of 4:30 p.m. on March 22.

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RALEIGH — Positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continue to rise, as the Raleigh News & Observer reported that there are 294 reported cases as of the morning of March 22.

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ASHEVILLE – Mission Hospital announced on March 21 the suspension of all non-essential surgery and procedures effective Monday, March 23, in response to new CMS Guidelines issued as a result of the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

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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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NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Commissioners officially declared a local state of emergency on Friday, March 20, in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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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 — Exercising her emergency powers on Friday, March 20, State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell rescheduled the Republican second primary in the 11th Congressional District to Tuesday, June 23, according to a press release by the NCBOE.

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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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HIGH COUNTRY — High Country United Way announced on March 19 that it is launching the High Country COVID-19 Relief Fund to supply emergency funds to local nonprofit agencies — which includes 26 organizations across the High Country.

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BOONE — Appalachian State freshman Zannah Kukral carried bags full of clothes, a corkboard and other belongings out of Summit Hall and into the misty rain on March 18, having been told the news of the university shift to online classes the Friday before.

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AVERY COUNTY — Avery County Schools informed students and parents of opportunities to seek out internet connectivity during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a letter disseminated by the system through its website and social media platforms on Wednesday, March 18.

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RALEIGH — The number of presumptive positive cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in North Carolina rose to at least 63 cases as of 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced.