The Corona Times

The COVID-19 virus and Mitchell County, North Carolina's response to it.

Quarantines in Mitchell County History

The Corona Times - April 8, 2020by David & Marsha BiddixNOTE: Special thanks goes to MCHS Office Manager Marsha Biddix for her help in researching and preparing today’s post.While our current state of emergency that requires shelter in place in an...

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Spruce Pine Week 3

The Corona Times - April 7, 2020 by David Biddix I got out around 6:00 p.m. today to run a couple of errands and grabbed photos of what things are like three weeks into the restrictions due to COVID-19. We Want to Tell Your Story If you have stories,...

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Delivering the News

Brandon Roberts is editor and publisher of the Mitchell News-Journal, published in Spruce Pine since 1927, He has provided two articles he wrote for the editorial page in the paper on consecutive weeks in March, 2020. He asked that we include these in our record of this time in Mitchell County’s history.

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COVID 19 vs. Chronic Lung Disease & Panic Disorder

We are sharing the stories of Mitchell County residents and how COVID-19 is affecting their daily lives. Today, Bakersville resident Becky Burleson tells her poignant story of dealing with the virus while battling other medical issues.

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A Victim Speaks

Today, we share the comments of one of Mitchell County’s earliest victims of the COVID-19 virus responding to social media posts.

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To Mask or Not to Mask

The Corona Times - April 3, 2020by Rhonda GunterIn my last entry in the Corona Times Journal I fretted about being stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis.  Even the fun stuff like reading and binging on television, I complained, got old day in, day out. ...

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Getting the Word Out

The Corona Times - April 2, 2020One of the challenges of any pandemic is getting word out to the public and, more importantly, getting them to take a preferred action. We plan to share examples of how the word got out from various agencies during the...

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More Photos of COVID-19 Response

The Mitchell County Historical Society wants to give a big shoutout to Jacob Gortney, a first-year teacher in Mitchell County Schools. He has been snapping photos all around the county of closed signs and blocks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is a second gallery of his images.

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Almost Like Living in Wartime

The Corona Times - March 31, 2020by David BiddixFirst of all, apologies for missing Monday’s post. I had to travel to my workplace at Western Piedmont Community College to pick up some things as we continue to telework for April per Governor Cooper’s Stay...

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Practicing Social Distancing is Tough!

The Corona Times - March 28, 2020by Rhonda GunterChair of the Board of Directors of the MCHSNOTE: On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay At Home order (Executive Order 121) that directs people to stay at home except to visit...

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