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Afternoon News Update, 3/5/21

By Stephen Leverton

In local news, The Appalachian reports that a third COVID-19 vaccine will come to the Watauga area as the FDA approves the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Watauga, Ashe, and Allegheny counties will all receive a total of 3,000 doses of this vaccine, which should be arriving in the coming days. While it's unsure how much more of the Johnson & Johnson dose AppHealthCare will receive, they will continue to receive steady doses of the Moderna vaccine.

In state news, WRAL reports that the North Carolina Board of Education has adopted new guidelines on March 4th regarding reopening schools. This new guideline would send middle and high school students back to school five days a week with students 6 feet away from others. This vote comes as public school teachers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you know students who may be going back to in person schooling, make sure they stay six feet away from others, wash their hands, and wear a mask at school.

In national news, US News reports that Texas governor Greg Abbott has lifted the mask mandate as well as other COVID restrictions on March 2nd. Both the CDC and President Biden have been criticizing the Texan governor over his lifting of restrictions. The CDC warns that cases will increase due to this action. Other states, like Mississippi, have also lifted restrictions. Businesses can now operate at 100% capacity as a result.

Your Boone weather is brought to you by Friday’s weather is mostly sunny with some partial clouds in the afternoon. Highs in low 40s, lows in the low 20s.

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