Afternoon News Update, 10/13/20
By Mickey Hutchings
In campus news, The Appalachian has confirmed that one of the off-campus quarantine locations for students infected with COVID-19 is the Boone Super 8 Motel. The university booked all rooms at the motel to house students who need a space to quarantine and isolate, whether they’re living on campus, off-campus with roommates or are afraid of infecting family members by recovering at home. Students in isolation at the motel have reported their doors being locked and taped, signing an isolation order from AppHealthCare and having meals delivered once a day. Students living on and off campus are allowed to isolate at Super 8 for free. As of October 11th, the university is using 23% of its quarantine spaces and as of October 12th, there are 97 active COVID-19 cases among students.
Locally, Governor Roy Cooper has appointed App State faculty senate chairperson Michael Behrent to the Watauga County Board of Elections. The Appalachian reports that Behrent was appointed to the Board after member Jane Hodges stepped down due to health concerns. Behrent was nominated for the position by the Watauga County Democrats. He has been a history professor at App State for 12 years and will continue to serve as chair of the faculty senate while being a Board of Elections member.
In North Carolina news, early voting begins this Friday, October 15th, and ends on October 31st. Those who are not registered to vote can do so at one-stop early voting sites the day they plan to vote in-person.. For those planning to vote by mail, make sure you give yourself time to send your ballot before election day, November 3rd. All mail-in or absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3rd. Alternatively, you can turn in your absentee ballot in-person at any location and any time a poll is open for voting. For more information about voting this year, visit the North Carolina state board of elections website at ncbse.gov.