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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —Gov. Roy Cooper and public health officials on Tuesday unveiled a new alert system that encourages counties with high levels of coronavirus transmission to more aggressively enforce statewide health guidelines and punish noncompliant businesses.

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Wilkes and other rural counties are leading North Carolina’s COVID-19 case growth per 100,000 people as the virus continues to surge across the state and nation, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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The governments of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are asking area residents to consider alternative Halloween activities this year due to a rise in COVID-19 cases locally, said North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper and Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland in a statement released Friday.

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Early this week, Wilkes was among counties nationwide listed in the red (most at risk) in the Harvard Global Health Institute’s “Key Metrics for COVID Suppression” initiative.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that bars, amusement parks and movie theaters can partially reopen starting on Friday under a new Phase 3 order.

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UPDATE: Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd said Friday morning that the decision to close Mulberry Elementary that day “was in relation to a positive test for COVID-19. No other Wilkes County schools have had to close up to this point." He added, “While every single case will not require…

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The COVID-19-related deaths of three more Wilkes County residents were reported Monday by the Wilkes County Health Department. Another such death was reported Thursday.

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced the easing of COVID-19-related limits on mass gatherings and certain other business and social activities in place since May 22.

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Wilkes County’s COVID-19 cases are still steadily rising, with the total increasing by 71 last week (Aug. 9-15) after spiking with about 100 new cases in a one-week period in early August.

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The Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club announced that its 2020 edition of the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in downtown North Wilkesboro won’t be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A COVID-19 outbreak that included deaths of three residents at PruittHealth, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on Johnson Ridge Road in Elkin, was announced Monday by the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center.

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