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Dashboard: App State and Watauga County COVID case count

Dashboard: App State and Watauga County COVID case count

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

September 25, 2020

With COVID-19 cases surging across the country, App State posts the number of COVID-19 cases among students and employees. Below is an interactive dashboard with data provided by App State and AppHealthCare. Data from App State and AppHealthCare is updated daily. Click here if the dashboard does not work. var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1597695519484');...

Campus Dining limits sustainable food service to accommodate budget, COVID-19

Campus Dining is offering disposable cutlery and individually packaged condiments so individuals aren't in contact with the same item. Compostable containers were replaced with plastic foam after the UNC System instructed institutions to cut expenses.

Jake Markland, Reporter

September 24, 2020

Navigating COVID-19 and saving funds, Campus dining is reducing its reusing and recycling in an effort to limit the spread of the pandemic. Disposable cutlery and individually packaged condiments are now offered so multiple individuals aren't in contact with the same item. Plastic foam was also reintroduc...

Faculty and students create phone application, campaign for COVID-19 behavioral accountability

Faculty and students create phone application, campaign for COVID-19 behavioral accountability

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

September 21, 2020

Phone application Habitood allows students to hold one another accountable for their actions related to COVID-19 by tracking behaviors and using positive and negative reinforcement.  The app, introduced by Timothy Ludwig in the psychology department, aims to study, observe and encourage peer rei...

University announces two new COVID-19 clusters related to sororities, brings amount of clusters reported to five

University announces two new COVID-19 clusters related to sororities, brings amount of clusters reported to five

Emily Broyles, News Editor

September 18, 2020

Two active COVID-19 clusters associated with sororities were identified by App State, according to an email sent to students Friday.  A cluster is defined as a minimum of five cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between...

App State UREC reopens indoor facilities

Spin cycles with protective clear plastic for group fitness classes on the SRC gym floor.

Cole Elledge, Reporter

September 11, 2020

App State’s UREC indoor exercise facilities reopened Sept. 8 after being closed since March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reopening of indoor exercise facilities is part of the broader reopening of North Carolina. Phase 2.5, which went into effect Sept. 4, allows gyms and similar facilities to...

AppHealthCare reports first COVID-19 related deaths in Watauga County

AppHealthCare reports first COVID-19 related deaths in Watauga County

Emily Broyles, News Editor

September 10, 2020

Three Watauga County residents died due to COVID-19 Sept. 6 - Sept. 9, App Health Care said in a press release. The three individuals were residents of Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation and in their 70s and 80s. They also had underlying medical conditions. AppHealthCare did not release the name...

Watauga County Schools continue providing meals amid remote learning

Watauga County Schools continue providing meals amid remote learning

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

September 5, 2020

Low-income families often depend on free or reduced lunches for students in school, but with students learning remotely this year, Watauga County Schools has proposed plans for ensuring students’ access to free meals. Watauga High School Principal Chris Blanton says North Carolina school distric...

AppalCART alters schedules for Labor Day and holiday weekend

AppalCART alters schedules for Labor Day and holiday weekend

Cole Elledge, Reporter

September 4, 2020

AppalCART operations will limit routes and use different schedules for Labor Day weekend. Director of AppalCART Craig Hughes said the Night Owl Service won’t operate Sept. 4 or 5. The Night Owl Service includes Gold, Pop 105, and Express routes. It operates 10 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Thursday to Friday and 6 p.m. - 2...

App State offers free walk-up testing to students after announcement of wrestling team cluster

App State offers free walk-up testing to students after announcement of wrestling team cluster

Jake Markland, Reporter

September 4, 2020

Students in masks waited in line in the College Street Parking Deck Wednesday and took advantage of App State’s free walk-up COVID-19 testing.  App State announced that 10 members of the wrestling team had tested positive for COVID-19 in an email sent to students Sept. 1, and pop-up testing sites would be available to students on Sept. 2 in the B...

Gov. Roy Cooper introduces “Phase 2.5,” effective Friday

Gov. Roy Cooper introduces

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

September 1, 2020

Additional businesses can reopen at limited capacity on Friday under Gov. Roy Cooper’s Phase 2.5, the next stage of North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic recovery effort. This new phase comes with strict guidelines and a more serious mask mandate.  Cooper extended Phase 2 three times over the course of three mon...

University Bookstore implements new textbook distribution, students navigate system and school

Students wait in line behind the Plemmons Student Union on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Jake Markland, Reporter

August 26, 2020

As students finish their second week of classes,  some are struggling to navigate the University Bookstore’s COVID-19 based system meant to promote social distancing, possibly facing issues with schoolwork along the way.  Different from previous years, the university requires all students to order the...

What we know: UNC System schools’ COVID-19 plans

What we know: UNC System schools' COVID-19 plans

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

August 25, 2020

The 17-school UNC System is slowly closing each of its institutions as university dashboards report more COVID-19 cases and clusters. Students are learning of changes through school emails while keeping the possibility of leaving campus in mind. UNC System President Peter Hans issued a statement Aug. 17...