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RALEIGH — State Employees’ Credit Union stands ready to help members financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of unexpected, large scale business closures, loss of jobs and reductions in hours, many members are struggling financially and need assistance to stay afloat during th…

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WILKESBORO — With medical professionals facing shortages of critical resources to fight COVID-19, Wilkes Community College has stepped up to help by loaning six ventilators to the three hospitals in their service area of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties. Each facility has received two ven…

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BOONE — The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge expressed thanks to the food banks in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties for all they are doing in our community during this unusual and unprecedented time. Their efforts and commitment to providing food to those that have been impacted by Covid-19 ha…

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Carolina West Wireless, the premier wireless carrier in western North Carolina, has announced an assistance program to help their customers in response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Customers may receive an extra 15 GB of high-speed data monthly for use with a hotspot feature…

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ASHE COUNTY — While efforts have been made to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), two cases has been confirmed in Ashe, making it the latest county on April 7 to confirm a positive case.

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A second Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), AppHealthCare announced April 7. This case was a close contact to someone with known travel history and is recovering at home.

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AppHealthCare, the regional health department, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System said April 6 that they are following the guidance for use of cloth masks or face coverings by the general public as recently recommended by the CDC.

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RALEIGH — The number of COVID-19 cases in N.C. rose to 2,438 in 91 counties, with 27 dead, according to the Raleigh News & Observer in a 12 p.m. update on April 4.

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Jefferson — An Ashe County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This is the first positive case in Ashe County. This case was a close contact to someone with known travel history and is recovering at home. The local health department staff have identified close cont…

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RALEIGH — As COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in North Carolina, the state is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to activate a non-congregant sheltering program, which could mean patients with minor symptoms could be housed in hotels and collegiate dormitories, N.C. Emergency Manag…

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WEST JEFFERSON — With gatherings being restricted and non-essential businesses shut down, the next thing in the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cross-hairs are meetings of local government officials.

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Emergency services, health care facilities and first responders in Ashe County are asking for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the community. Due to the global shortage of these supplies in the face of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, Ashe County Emergency Mana…

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RALEIGH — The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina was up to 1,536 and there have been 10 deaths in the state as of 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

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ASHE COUNTY — As concerns over the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic continue, Ashe County officials say they are working to the flatten the curve and slow the spread of disease. This has led to the shuttering of schools, shops and closure of much of the the business community in the Hig…

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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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On March 28, Samaritan’s Purse deployed its Emergency Field Hospital to New York City, New York, where the local medical infrastructure is severely overwhelmed. In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New York state officials, and local hospital authorities, Samar…

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JEFFERSON — As previously reported by the Ashe Post & Times, some short-term rentals in Ashe County have been restricted. The towns of West Jefferson and Lansing made the decision to limit short-term rentals as a preventative measure, which went into effect March 26 at 5 p.m., to help sl…

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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 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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Editor's note: Ashe Post & Times will update numbers listed in this story throughout the day to reflect any changes as they become available.