Phase two for “reopening” North Carolina began at 5 p.m. Friday, but with more limitations than originally planned due to continued increases in daily COVID-19 case counts.

Some restaurants in Wilkes took advantage of being able to reopen their indoor dining areas to limited capacity starting Friday, while others cautiously delayed plans to resume sit-down service.

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Wilkes County’s COVID-19 case total shot up earlier this month because of an outbreak of the disease at the Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro, but now it has plunged almost as sharply downward due to the recovery of people at the Tyson complex.

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Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts on Friday announced changes in the university’s fall 2020 semester schedule, including elimination of the two-day fall break to allow making Nov. 24 the last day of classes.

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A judge has temporarily blocked action by the Boone Town Council requiring visitors to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic before entering businesses and most other indoor establishments open to the public in the Watauga County town.

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Saturday reported the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,107 cases reported. 

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The mayors of Wilkes County’s three towns jointly issued a press release urging local residents to stay at home as much as possible and be diligent in following recommended practices when out in public as the second phase of eased COVID-19-related restrictions starts at 5 p.m. Friday.

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that phase two for “reopening” North Carolina starts at 5 p.m. Friday, but with more limitations than originally planned due to continued increases in daily COVID-19 case counts.

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Double Trouble Early Learning Center of Wilkesboro closed for two weeks (May 14-28) due to children and staff at the private child care center being exposed to COVID-19 while at the facility, said Wilkes Health Department Director Rachel Willard.

A second Wilkes County resident has died from COVID-19, reported Wilkes Health Department Director Rachel Willard early Wednesday afternoon. 

Fueled by consumer fears of meat getting scarce and costly on grocery store shelves, local meat providers are finding themselves extra busy during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wilkes Heritage Museum reopened to visitors on Monday after being closed since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the closure, staff members and volunteers have been updating exhibits, cleaning the historic properties and developing future programs and projects. 

The Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter reopened at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with certain new restrictions, said Mary Smith, shelter manager.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This first installment in a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed businesses in Wilkes County is a question and answer article with Dale Isom, president of Wilkesboro-based Spectrum Hospitality Management LLC, which owns the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn in Wil…

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Tyson Foods Inc. has announced a temporary shutdown of part of its chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro and reduced operations of another portion “to carry out additional deep cleaning due to a combination of positive COVID-19 cases and team member absences related to quarantine and othe…

EDITOR'S NOTE: Wilkes County's confirmed COVID-19 test total was 284 by 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Wilkes Health Department Director Rachel Willard said this didn't include results of testing all remaining employees at the Tyson Foods chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro last week after the hea…

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Specialty Car Company and Champion Towing are combining resources on May 21 to provide hundreds of chicken dinners to frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 in Wilkes County.

A state of emergency declaration signed by the Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Ronda mayors was amended on May 7 to align with Gov. Roy’s Cooper’s May 5 order starting the first of three phases easing COVID-19-related restrictions, but a press release from the three towns urged residents “t…

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CORRECTION: Based on information provided by Tyson Foods Inc., an earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Tyson cooked products plant in Wilkesboro will be temporarily closed at the same time as the Tyson fresh plant for deep cleaning and fogging. Actually, only the fresh plant …

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A state of emergency declaration signed by the Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Ronda mayors was amended Thursday to align with Gov. Roy’s Cooper’s order starting the first of three phases easing COVID-19-related restrictions, but a press release from the three towns said their official poli…

Certain areas of W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir and North Carolina’s state parks will be open to public again beginning Saturday, in accordance with the start of the first phase of Gov. Roy Cooper’s three phase plan to ease COVID-19-related restrictions.

The Wilkes Economic Development Corp. (EDC) on Monday announced two grant programs to help small local businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and related mandated closures.

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Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 138 Tuesday which authorizes the start of phase one of a three-phase plan for fully reopening the state as his COVID-19-related stay at home order expires Friday.

The Wilkes County Health Department collected nasal swab samples from 200 Tyson Foods Inc. employees for COVID-19 testing at the company’s chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro, where an outbreak of the virus began the week before last.

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