Afternoon News Update, 11/18/20
By Sophia Lyons
From around campus, App State alumni are making art more accessible through vending machines. The Appalachian reports The Curio Machine project has placed four small, coin-operated snack vending machines, filled with art available for purchase, in various businesses such as coffee shops in Boone. The project features art and other submissions selected by the two alumni directing the project. They hope to add a full-size machine next.
In local news, The Appalachian reports Watauga County saw record voter turnout in the 2020 election. Over 32 thousand Watauga County residents voted, a turnout of more than 71%. Nearly 28 thousand votes were cast during the early-voting period, compared with about 4 thousand votes cast on Election Day. Only slightly more than 6,300 student-aged people, ages 18 to 22, voted early.
From national headlines, early data shows a second vaccine for COVID-19 is 94.5% effective. The New York Times reports drugmaker Moderna reported early findings Monday from its 30 thousand person clinical trial indicating the vaccine is effective at preventing most people from becoming sick with COVID-19 after exposure, and it is also effective at reducing severity of the disease in people who do get sick. However, a vaccine widely available to the public will still likely take until spring.