The Appalachian

Universities are making decisions about fall 2020. Here’s what we know.

Classroom safety and disinfecting are some of App State's plans currently being implemented. Any available room space on campus will be used as classrooms to accommodate social distancing.

Jackie Park, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has upended colleges’ schedules near and far. Change began with a quick transition to online-only courses after spring break in the UNC System and now, school systems across the country are releasing their plans for fall 2020.  In an email April 29, Interim UNC System Pr...

Restaurants, salons open Friday as North Carolina moves into Phase Two

Restaurants, salons open Friday as North Carolina moves into Phase Two

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 20, 2020

North Carolina will move into "Safer At Home" Phase Two Friday at 5 p.m., Mandy Cohen and Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday in a press conference. The phase will run through at least June 26. To move into "Safer at Home" Phase Two, Cooper is lifting the stay-at-home order that was extended through May 8. "This next phase can help boost our economy. But we can only...

COVID-19 hospitalizations at statewide high amid reopening plans

COVID-19 hospitalizations at statewide high amid reopening plans

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations in North Carolina are at an all-time high while the state looks to move into Phase Two by Friday at the earliest.  A total of 585 hospitalizations as of May 19 broke the previous high on April 21 with 551 patients. There are 19,700 laboratory confirmed cases and 700 coronavir...

Two additional App State connections test positive for COVID-19, Watauga County total positive cases now 11

Two additional App State connections test positive for COVID-19, Watauga County total positive cases now 11

Jackie Park, Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2020

Two residents of Watauga County with connections to App State tested positive for COVID-19 according to an email from the university. One of the individuals is an employee of App State and was last on campus March 20. The other connection is a subcontracted worker who last worked on campus May 13....

Gov. Cooper says North Carolina could enter Phase Two of COVID-19 reopening Friday

Gov. Cooper says North Carolina could enter Phase Two of COVID-19 reopening Friday

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

May 18, 2020

North Carolina could enter Phase Two of easing coronavirus restrictions as soon as Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference Monday.  In Phase Two, there will be a limited opening of restaurants, bars and other non-essential businesses at a reduced capacity. The number of people allowed at gath...

Phi Mu chapter closes at App State

Phi Mu chapter closes at App State

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 18, 2020

The Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity ceased operations May 13 due to a decline in chapter membership, according to a press release. Initiated members of the organization will take alumnae status. Provisional members, or members who have not been officially initiated, can be "released from...

COVID-19 means new normal for funerals, after-life plans

COVID-19 means new normal for funerals, after-life plans

Hadasa Rivera Marin, Reporter

May 17, 2020

With the number of cases escalating and deaths rising, families of COVID-19 victims are adjusting to a new normal as after-life plans take on new meaning and risk. ”We have been and are continuing to make preparations so that if we do see an escalation in the number of deaths, we are ready to re...

CARES Act emergency grants available to App State students

CARES Act emergency grants available to App State students

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 16, 2020

App state students who missed the mark on initial CARES Act funding now qualify for emergency grants, as stated in an email sent to students May 14. The act first excluded young adults aged 17-21 still dependent on their parents for support and not making enough money to file taxes, typically college students. With the inclusion of the...

16 App State subcontracted workers test positive for COVID-19

16 App State subcontracted workers test positive for COVID-19

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 14, 2020

AppHealthCare confirmed to university leadership that 16 subcontracted workers who are not Watauga County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent to students Thursday.  One employee tested positive after AppHealthCare identified “a small number of” university employees with potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. Others identified...

North Carolina senator steps down as intelligence committee chairman amid stock investigation

North Carolina senator steps down as intelligence committee chairman amid stock investigation

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

May 14, 2020

North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr is stepping down from his position as intelligence committee chairman after the FBI seized his phone.  “This morning, I informed Majority Leader McConnell that I have made the decision to step aside as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee until ...

South Carolina allows dine-in services for restaurants

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 12, 2020

Restaurants in South Carolina are open for dine-in service, a decision made by Gov. Henry McMaster Friday that comes with direction and limitations. The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association set guidelines, adopted by the state, for reopening. These guidelines include, but are not limited...

Grandfather Mountain reopens with limitations May 15

Grandfather Mountain reopens with limitations May 15

Cole Elledge, Reporter

May 9, 2020

Grandfather Mountain is set for a soft reopening May 15, according to a press release. The opening comes after a two-month closure and follows Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phase plan to reopen North Carolina.  Grandfather Mountain increased its staff presence and cleaning procedures are stricter. Extra sanitizat...