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Afternoon News Update, 10/5/20

By Jackie Park

In campus news, App State ran out of COVID-19 tests over the weekend.

The Appalachian reported that at Saturday’s pop-up testing event, Mako Medical, the company that performs the tests, tested 900 people, a record, before running out of tests.

This comes after the school reported seven new clusters, 19 more cases connected to App State football, and campus’s first student death due to COVID-19 last week.

The laboratory is back on campus today from 11 a.m. til 5 p.m. in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

In state news, North Carolina’s race for senate took turns this weekend.

The Appalachian reported Friday evening that Republican senator Thom Tillis tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Hours later, Tillis’s opponent, Cal Cunningham, admitted that he had sent texts of a sexual nature to a woman from California who is not his wife. The Appalachian reported that Cunningham says he isn’t dropping out of the race. In a statement, he said, “I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.”

In national news, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

CNN reported that McEnany announced her diagnosis in a tweet and said she had tested negative consistently since Thursday.

McEnany is one of several White Housers to test positive for the virus this week. President Donald Trump, advisor Hope Hicks, and counselor Kellyanne Conway are a few who have tested positive so far.

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