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COVID-19 vaccine will be available this week to all child care center and pre-K to 12th-grade personnel in Wilkes County who indicated they want it, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

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A Wilkes Health Department COVID-19 first dose vaccination clinic that was moved from Thursday to Saturday due to expected inclement weather is canceled due to weather-related vaccine shipment delays statewide and nationwide, announced the health department Wednesday morning.

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The Wilkes County Health Department has received extra manpower for its COVID-19 vaccine program after being flooded by people wanting vaccination appointments and apparently will get more.

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The first meeting of a Wilkes County COVID-19 task force authorized by the Wilkes County commissioners and held Friday focused largely on how to encourage wearing facial masks and support the COVID-19 vaccination process locally.

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The Wilkes County Health Department expects to have enough Moderna vaccine for administering over 1,100 first or second doses late this week, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

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After about 300 people with appointments are vaccinated as planned in a drive-through COVID-19 clinic Thursday, the Wilkes County Health Department will have given nearly 3,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine.

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The Wilkes County Health Department received an additional 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine from Wilkes Medical Center today (Thursday) and is making them available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis today and Friday, announced Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard late this morning.

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First doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 will be available by appointment in a Wilkes Health Department drive-through clinic Thursday starting at 10 a.m. at Lowe's Park at River’s Edge, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

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Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd said providing the best instruction possible for academic growth and maintaining the well-being of students and staff will remain the primary focus in the second half of the 2020-21 academic year.

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UPDATE: The Wilkes Health Department is getting 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week instead of the 200 originally announced due to Wake Forest Baptist Health deciding to let the health department have 600 doses that Wilkes Medical Center received Wednesday, said Wilkes Health Director…

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The Wilkes County Schools have had 442 confirmed COVID-19 cases since Sept. 8, when all Wilkes elementary, middle and high schools transitioned from full-time remote learning to optional half-time remote and half-time in-person learning (A/B plan).

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The Wilkes County Health Department’s COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinics will be moved from the department’s rear parking lot on College Street, Wilkesboro, to Industrial Drive (old airport runway) at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge next week, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard o…

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After averaging around 40 people each day Dec. 28-30, a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Wilkes Health Department’s rear parking lot off College Street in Wilkesboro drew about 300 people Dec. 31.

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Wilkes County’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine is expected next week, but local and state officials still don’t know how much is coming.

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About 40% of North Carolina residents responding to an Elon University Poll said they’ll take a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA, nearly an equal number said “it depends” and the other 20% said they’ll decline.

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The Wilkes Health Department reported three more COVID-19-related deaths of Wilkes residents Thursday, bringing the total reported so far this month to 11 and the total for the pandemic to 62.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a modified stay-at-home order on Dec. 8 that requires the state’s roughly 10.5 million residents to stay off the roads between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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The 57th COVID-19-related death of a Wilkes County resident was reported Monday, making a total of six reported in the first seven days of December.

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The Wilkes Health Department has adopted new recommendations for the duration of COVID-19-related quarantine as a result of new guidance adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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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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Access to COVID-19 coverage is provided at no cost as a public service. There is always free access to certain other parts of the website. Current print subscribers can activate their access to all of the website and E-editions at no cost by go here. For a print and electronic (website/E-edi…

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Access to COVID-19 coverage is provided at no cost as a public service. There is always free access to certain other parts of the website. Current print subscribers can activate their access to all of the website and E-editions at no cost by go here. For a print and electronic (website/E-edi…

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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…