Coronavirus Coverage


NEWS 2/18/21 1:24pm

Winter storm cancels weekly COVID-19 testing leaving some students feeling uncertain

Elon University is closed today, and antigen testing, as part of COVID-19 testing, has been canceled. Testing remains mandatory, and students will be contacted about rescheduling their appointments Friday or Saturday, depending on the effects of the storm. Today’s testing was suspended following the cancelation of university operations after the National Weather Service in Raleigh issued a winter storm advisory for Alamance County until 7 a.m. Friday. 


NEWS 2/17/21 3:27pm

Elon student essential workers get COVID-19 vaccines

Some Elon University students have received the COVID-19 vaccines as essential workers. Junior Caroline Wolfe and Senior Lindsay Barclay were offered the vaccines as Emergency Medical Technicians. Both students jumped at the opportunity to get vaccinated to slow the spread of the virus.


NEWS 2/17/21 11:28am

Twin Lakes Retirement Community vaccinates staff and residents

Twin Lakes has been able to administer over 800 doses of the vaccine. All but one of the residents in their Memory Care facility, a state-certified program for adults with dementia, are now fully vaccinated. Prior to their appointment, the administration completes the scheduling, forms and screenings for the residents. 


SPORTS 2/15/21 5:56pm

Elon football prepares for spring season

Elon University’s football team is coming off of a long break and is ready to approach this spring season. Although weather and practice schedules are different, head coach Tony Trisciani said the team’s goals remain the same: win one game per week, win the Colonial Athletic Association Championship and compete for a national championship.


NEWS 2/9/21 11:17am

Elon University narrows down 2021 commencement plans

The school has announced three potential formats for commencement: a fully virtual option with no in-person gatherings, an in-person ceremony with a limited number of guests that would be live-streamed and an in-person ceremony for students only that would be live-streamed for all others. A final decision for the format is expected to be announced no later than March 26.


LIFESTYLE 2/8/21 3:36pm

Elon alumni find work while theaters remain dark

During a time where live theatre is at a standstill, Broadway professionals and Elon alumni have taken to television acting and even Tik Tok to continue their careers. One alumnus J.J.  Niemann starred in “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical” which has raised over $2 million for The Actor’s Fund, a charity that supports workers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.


NEWS 2/8/21 8:53am

Elon students weigh staying home for spring semester

The academic experience — all-nighters in the library, lab experiments, class field trips and connecting with professors during office hours — are all aspects of in-person instruction that have been redesigned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, students are adjusting to an online learning environment as virtual instruction has become widely prevalent in the education process over the past 11 months.


NEWS 2/2/21 8:17pm

Alamance County Commissioners approve 25,000 square foot COVID-19 vaccine site

The approval of the indoor space comes after Tony Lo Giudice, the Alamance County health director, told the board that the county’s demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is growing. The new indoor vaccination site will help with the county’s growing demand and is set to be leased for at least 3 months starting Feb. 1. The lease cost for the space will be $23,958.33 per month and can be renewed on a monthly basis 


NEWS 1/29/21 9:47am

Elon University commencement plans in flux

According to a university spokesman, there is currently no timeline for making a decision regarding commencement for the class of 2021. But Jeff Stein, chair of the Ready & Resilient committee, said right now, the university is planning for both the possibility of commencement happening or not — for both the class of 2020 and 2021. He said it would be “foolish” of them to make a decision now, but hopes to alert students and families of a decision by March.


SPORTS 1/26/21 5:33pm

Elon men's basketball look to future after long layoff

The team’s last matchup was a double-header against the Northeastern Huskies on Jan. 2-3. After postponements, the Phoenix’s next potential game would be Jan. 30 at the University of Delaware. If the Phoenix take on the Blue Hens at the end of the month, it will be a full 27 days since its last game. 


NEWS 1/20/21 10:34am

Elon University aims to administer COVID-19 vaccines

University physician and member of the Ready & Resilient committee Ginette Archinal said that getting approval to become a vaccine site is a process with a lot of moving parts. Not only does the university have to have the ability to store vaccine doses, but there also have to be enough people to distribute the vaccine, and any distribution site must have the ability to record the data from the vaccinations.


LIFESTYLE 1/8/21 9:33am

Navigating faith in a pandemic

Over 10 months of masks, limited gatherings and physical distancing have affected aspects of everyday life — work, school, social activity and even how people worship during the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread, places of worship and people of faith are learning to worship during a pandemic. Thus leaving spiritual leaders and people of faith to navigate their beliefs and hardships of life during a pandemic.


NEWS 12/23/20 2:54pm

New Alamance County health director faces challenges of COVID-19 response

When Tony Lo Giudice took on his new role as Alamance County’s health director on Nov. 30, the position had been in flux for almost five months after previous Health Director Stacie Saunders — who held the position since 2014 — left the department in July and Alexandria Rimmer, Alamance County’s environmental health specialist, assumed the role in the interim.



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