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Afternoon News Update, 10/6/20

By Mickey Hutchings

In campus news, frustration about the university’s response to COVID-19 and demands from the Black at App State Collective has led Black Appalachian Student Ambassadors to refrain from giving campus tours. Black at App State is a collective that gained attention this summer when it wrote a list of demands to university administration, including Chancellor Sheri Everts. The collective called for actions from the university, like a bias incident reporting system and more support resources for Black students. The Office of Alumni Affairs says they have met with two of the ambassadors on strike, and shared its progress on office-wide action steps towards inclusion.

Locally, AppHealthCare has seen increases in active COVID-19 cases due to religious gatherings. According to the Watauga Democrat, the public health department has urged all faith-based organizations to help prevent further spread of the virus. AppHealthCare said religious groups and institutions can help protect those in attendance of faith-based events by encouraging them to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently. To learn more about how to worship safely during the pandemic, visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website.

In national news, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he intends at being next week’s presidential debate. Despite Trump’s ongoing battle with COVID-19 and unsettled debate rules, he is hoping to face off against Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Miami October 15th. Trump left Walter Reed Hospital Monday to continue his recovery from the virus in the White House. A spokesperson for Trump announced Monday the president intends to carry on with his campaign to be reelected in November despite potential setbacks from the virus. Coronavirus can have unpredictable outcomes for those of the president’s age and weight, according to the New York Times.


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