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It’s an Easter season unlike any before, with many Wilkes County churches conducting Easter Sunday services via the internet due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Owners of short term rental properties in Wilkes County are now prohibited from renting to out-of-county and out-of-state guests anywhere in Wilkes County except Ronda.

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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.

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Tyson Foods Inc. announced that it will pay about $60 million in “thank you” bonuses to 116,000 "front line workers" and Tyson truckers in the U.S. who support its operations daily to provide food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Catholic Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte began a series of live-streamed Holy Week liturgies on Sunday from St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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By 11 a.m. Sunday, April 5, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website was reporting Wilkes County still with four confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. The first of those was the county’s one COVID-19-related death.

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Stone Mountain State Park in Traphill, Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest in Purlear and several other state parks, educational state forests and state natural areas are closed until further notice for reasons related to the coronavirus.

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As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Wilkes County had four confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to data on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website.

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The North Wilkesboro-based Health Foundation Inc. is collecting donations of hand sanitizer, goggles, face shields, disposable gloves and disposable gowns for the Wilkes County Health Department, assisted living facilities, hospital and clinicians.

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Lowe’s Companies Inc. on Thursday announced additional measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a temporary $2 an hour pay hike for all full-time, part-time and seasonal hourly employees of its stores, contact centers and supply chain facilities in the U.S. and Canada for April.

Wilkes County’s first confirmed COVID-19 was announced about 9 a.m. Monday and the second confirmed case was announced about four hours later.

Local law enforcement leaders are urging citizens to take seriously Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay at home order, which took effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

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As of 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, North Carolinians must remain at their homes except for “performing essential work and essential activities” under an order signed March 27 by Gov. Roy Cooper to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The order is valid through April 29.

Technology has taken on greater prominence due to its role in remote learning while the public schools are closed, but Wilkes County teachers and principals say relationships are still the key.

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Hotels, other short-term places of lodging and retail stores in Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are addressed in new amendments to a state of emergency order already in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Wilkes County Health Department issued a reminder about ways people can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other pertinent information.

The Wilkes County Health Department is reporting the first COVID-19-associated death in Wilkes County, a woman in her late 60s who was a patient at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro.

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Wilkes County's second confirmed COVID-19 case was reported early Monday afternoon, about four hours after the county's first positive case was announced.

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Wilkes County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case was a patient at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro when tested for the virus and when the results came back positive two days later, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

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A Wilkes County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), announced Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard Monday morning.

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is asking that people not dial 911 to ask questions about Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay at home order, which takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Appalachian Regional Library, with public libraries in Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties, announced Saturday that plans to reopen with curb service have been canceled due to Gov. Roy Cooper's stay at home order issued Friday. The statewide order is effective at 5 p.m. Monday.

Areas of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property around W. Kerr Scott Reservoir earlier left open amid the coronavirus situation were closed Friday.

Just over 100 years ago, an influenza pandemic killed more people worldwide and in Wilkes County than any other disease outbreak in modern history.

North Carolinians must remain at their homes "or current places of abode" except for “performing essential work and essential activities” starting at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

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Lowes Foods announced that effective Thursday, March 26, all of its supermarkets in North Carolina and South Carolina will be open to customers from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Effective immediately, mass gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited within the town limits of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Ronda under a revised declaration of emergency approved by mayors of the three municipalities Wednesday.

Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard announced new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations for prioritizing COVID-19 testing.