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Afternoon News Update, 2/16/21

By Jackie Park

In campus news, a new series is working to prevent App State students and professors from suffering burnout.

The Appalachian reported that the new Lunch and Learn series, hosted by professor Chris Osmond, is meant to start conversations around and problem solve burnout, which seems to be on the rise because of COVID-19.

Osmond says these issues are being felt particularly hard in caring professions like teachers, nurses and social workers. However, these problems are “timely” and “evergreen.”

In state news, North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers are improving after a post-holiday surge.

The News & Observer reported that on Sunday, North Carolina had its lowest number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations since late November at 1,941. At its highest point over the holiday season, 4,000 people were hospitalized in mid-January.

The number of people testing positive for the virus has decreased as well. On Monday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,458 new cases of COVID-19, which is a dramatic shift from the average of 6,400 cases a day in mid-January.

In national news, millions of people in Texas are without power in single-digit temperatures as a winter storm is sweeping the country.

NPR reported that 3.9 million people are without power after the state’s power grid failed. Governor Greg Abbott announced that he has engaged the national guard to bring people to heating centers and that state agencies are working to assist essential workers and clear roads.

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