By Stephen Leverton
In community news, The Appalachian reports that AppHealthCare has encouraged community members, students, and staff members to be safe this holiday season. As of November 18, Watauga County has 147 active coronavirus cases, which can easily increase if community members don’t follow health guidelines. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, AppHealthCare highly recommends that people have small gatherings, ask guests to quarantine for 14 days before events, wash their hands, stay 6 feet away from other people, and wear a face covering.
In state news, The Associated Press reports that the North Carolina Chief Justice race is neck and neck. Incumbent Chief Justice Cheri Beasely is up against Republican Paul Newby. As of November 18th, Newby leads by just 400 votes statewide, according to the North Carolina Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections will be meeting on November 24th to certify statewide, regional, and judicial results.
In national news, The New York Times reports that New York City will be closing public schools again on November 19th. This is due to an increase in cases of the coronavirus, with the city reaching a 3% test positivity rate. Despite schools being closed, gyms and indoor dining are still open. As coronavirus cases continue to increase daily, please be careful and remember to wash your hands, stay 6 feet away from others, and wear a face covering.