Coronavirus Coverage

NEWS 3/20/21 12:58pm

FEMA-supported COVID-19 vaccine clinics open in Alamance County

Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics have opened in Alamance County in an effort to vaccinate marginalized communities in the area. CityGate Dream Center and Eric Lane where JR Cigars is, are now COVID-19 vaccination sites, as of March 19. The clinics are meant to address disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates specifically in the Latino community, but also in other populations of color.

NEWS 3/19/21 10:04am

Some Alamance County, North Carolina residents face food insecurity

March 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the pandemic, yet as it continues with food insecurity rates on the rise, many food banks and pantries are weary of the strain the past year has put on food resources and volunteers and staff. Food insecurity — the lack of access, at times, to sufficient amounts of food for a healthy life for all household members — has been an issue in North Carolina prior to the pandemic. 

LIFESTYLE 3/9/21 3:48pm

Studying abroad amid COVID-19 pandemic

Elon University junior Heeba Chergui was studying abroad in Jordan last spring when she and many other students across the globe were sent home at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Determined to get her full experience abroad, Chergui is currently in Jordan for the second time. However, study abroad programs were not guaranteed for Elon students during the 2020-21 academic year. 

NEWS 3/5/21 10:09am

North Carolina, Alamance County work to bridge digital divide during remote learning

Remote and online work has been the reality for teachers and students in Alamance County for the past 11 months, and even as the county returns to in-person learning, three out of five school days will be remote. For some kids, accessing the internet isn’t always feasible and Alamance-Burlington School System has tried to bridge the digital divide — the gap between those who have internet access and those who don’t — as most schools have been engaging in remote learning. 

NEWS 3/4/21 1:24pm

Staff, students integrate selves into online learning

Online learning has generated concern among parents and students all over the country as they worry whether or not they are still receiving a quality education. Elon University, which has hosted in-person classes for the entire 2020-2021 academic year, is not immune to such concern. At Elon, 432 students were approved for remote learning either for this semester or during Winter Term.  

NEWS 3/4/21 9:35am

Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Alamance County

In Group 3 frontline essential workers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services defines frontline essential workers in categories that include: childcare and pre-K -12 workers, higher education and support staff, essential goods, food and agriculture, government and community service, public health, public safety and transportation.

NEWS 3/2/21 4:58pm

Elon University student workers and faculty eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Group 3

Elon University faculty and support staff, including any students working as resident assistants, apartment managers or in a capacity that creates direct exposure to the virus, will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 beginning March 3, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The university has also been approved to become a vaccine distribution site and will be able to directly provide vaccines to those in Group 3. Elon has not been allocated vaccine doses as of March 2.

NEWS 3/1/21 8:15am

Elon University student-teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that student-teachers will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, alongside teachers and other school employees. According to the latest NCDHHS vaccination plan, frontline essential workers such as educators are included in the third group. 

NEWS 2/24/21 8:11pm

​Gov. Roy Cooper lifts modified stay-at-home order as NC COVID-19 cases decline

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the modified stay-at-home order in the state will be lifted on Friday at 5 p.m. The order, which was originally put in place after North Carolina saw an influx of COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, is being lifted after the state has seen a downward trend in cases for the last few months, according to Cooper. 

NEWS 2/23/21 4:23pm

Burlington businesses build back up

Some small businesses in the city of Burlington are trying to recover from the economic fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic. Loans and reopening businesses have aided in their efforts to rebuild after economic decline.

LIFESTYLE 2/22/21 7:26pm

Elon senior turns art into business

Arielle Brochin began creating art in both her advanced high school art classes and in her free time. Eventually, she wanted to share this talent with others, so during COVID-19, she turned to Instagram to showcase her artwork. Brochin uses her platform to showcase the art she creates in both her free time and in her Elon art classes. 

LIFESTYLE 2/22/21 1:33pm

Elon Girl Scouts forge through pandemic

The last time Troop 13214 met in person together was March 5, 2020, two days after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified in North Carolina. Troop leader Rosie DeMario knew she had to make other plans for her troop going forward, and in April 2020, they began meeting weekly on Zoom. 

NEWS 2/22/21 8:34am

Under their wings: Students with autism find structure at 3 Bluebirds Farm during the pandemic

While exposure to the outside world has been limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, students with autism face a new set of challenges that have been exacerbated by fluctuating measures regarding hybrid instruction in the Wake County School System. Approximately one year after the onset of the pandemic, parents with students in special education programs still find themselves left behind by Wake County.

NEWS 2/19/21 4:50pm

Elon University expenses exceeded projections during fall semester

Elon University spent more money than anticipated during the fall semester due to pandemic related costs, according to Provost Aswani Volety. Representatives of the university did not say how much was planned for in the annual budget or how much more it spent than anticipated during the fall semester. Among the expenses were COVID-19 tests, cleaning supplies and the personal protection equipment required to open campus safely.