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The COVID-19 days of our lives in Rowan County-Weekly numbers update-Signs of hope-Christmas in July?

Posted by Salisbury - WBTV on Monday, July 27, 2020


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Rowan County Health Department Sunday update:

-22,855 tests reported, up 18
-2196 total positive cases, up 18
-350 currently positive cases, up 16
-268 of positive cases at congregant care facilities, up 2
-50 deaths, unchanged
-1796 recovered, up 2
-20,659 negative, updated weekly on Thursday
-28 hospitalized, up 1

Detailed case info for Rowan County:

Rowan County COVID-19 Testing for August 10th to August 14th

Rowan County is continuing to support North Carolina’s goal of increasing testing of people who may not currently have symptoms, but may have been exposed to COVID-19. You can be tested at the following locations:

West End Plaza
1935 W Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury
Monday, August 10th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Testing is free and open to the public

Rowan County Health Department
1811 E Innes Street, Salisbury
Wednesday, August 12th from 8:30–11 a.m.
Testing is free and open to the public

Novant Health Rowan
1904 Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury
Call 704-210-7845 for an appointment
Testing criteria may apply

Novant Health Rowan Screening Center
315 Mocksville Avenue, Salisbury
Tuesday, August 11th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, August 13th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Testing criteria may apply; Patients are tested without leaving their car

Testing locations, dates, and times are updated weekly on the Rowan County COVID-19 Testing Information webpage.

Mask Up! Rowan Event – No testing
West End Plaza
1935 W Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury
Thursday, August 13th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Drive-in and pick up a free mask!

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Al Conklin Weather

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The week ahead looks to feature typical mid-August weather, oftentimes refereed to as the Dog Days of Summer!

There will likely be enough sunshine early each day to push high temperatures to near 90° - with the heat index running in the middle 90s each afternoon – before daily showers and thunderstorms break out, particularly during the afternoon and evening hours. While no one day looks to be a washout, the second part of the week will offer at least a 50% rain chance and some of these storms may bring strong wind gusts and localized flooding in neighborhoods where excessive rain falls.

The weather trend mentioned above may even linger right through the upcoming weekend.

We are also closely watching the tropics. While no impactful tropical systems look to impact the U.S. in the short term, there is a system offshore of Africa which could develop more in the Central Atlantic in the coming days as it drifts west. We’ll be monitoring any development and keep you posted should it eventually become a threat.

Hope you have a great week!
Meteorologist Al Conklin

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Before the Panthers there were the Redskins!

Catawba 2020 Football Schedule

Sep. 5, 2020 @ Erskine TBA
Sep. 12, 2020 BARTON SALISBURY 7 p.m.
Sep. 19, 2020 @ Alderson-Broaddus Philippi,WV
Sep. 26, 2020 @ Wingate* Wingate,NC 6 p.m.
Oct. 3, 2020 LIMESTONE* SALISBURY 1 p.m.
Oct. 10, 2020 CARSON-NEWMAN* SALISBURY 1 p.m.
Oct. 17, 2020 @ Newberry* Newberry,SC
Oct. 24, 2020 @ Mars Hill* Mars Hill,NC 1 p.m.
Oct. 31, 2020 TUSCULUM* SALISBURY 1 p.m.
Nov. 7, 2020 UVa-WISE* SALISBURY 1 p.m.
Nov. 14, 2020 @ Lenoir-Rhyne* Hickory,NC 1 p.m.

Weather Al Conklin

Hometown: Nanuet, NY

Family Married with two daughters and a son.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology, State University of New York

Career: Al started his forecasting career in radio at Accu-Weather in Pennsylvania and remained there for four years as a broadcast meteorologist. He began his television career at Wilmington, NC's WECT in 1989, as a Meteorologist/Environmental Reporter. After a two year stint at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, FL and a year a WTVJ in Miami, Fl, Al returned to the Carolinas and WBTV in April of 1993.

Honors: AMS TV Seal of Approval; 1997 Emmy for Best Weathercast

Hobbies: Music, traveling, Civil War history and gardening.

Favorite Sports Teams: New York Yankees, Carolina Panthers

Favorite Food: Chicken Parmagania



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Community News David Whisenant

Family: Married to Jtan; one son, Kyle, daughter-in-law Anna, and granddaughters Ava and Maisie.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Career: Announcer/sales rep for WSTP/WRDX radio, Salisbury, NC; football color announcer, Appalachian Sports Network for Appalachian State University Mountaineer football.

David grew up watching WBTV and it was the only TV station he ever wanted to work for.

His biggest stories include the Pillowtex/NC Research Campus developments over the years, the tragic fire at Salisbury Millworks, the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, NASCAR-related stories and coverage and follow ups on Hurricane Katrina and the local connections to that disaster and recovery.

Beat: Bureau reporter covering Charlotte and all points north including Salisbury, Concord, and Kannapolis and "wherever they send me."

Honors: Key to the city of Salisbury for Hurricane Katrina relief partnership project; First Place, National Motorsports Press Association Television News Category, 2008; Silver Award, Radio and Television News Director's Association of the Carolinas, 2008; two awards for First Place, National Motorsports Press Association, 2009; Gold Award, Radio and Television News Director's Association of the Carolinas, 2009; Gold Award, RTNDAC, 2010; Charlie Harville Award, NMPA, 2010; First Place Spot News, NMPA, 2010, First Place, Long Form Documentary, NMPA, NC Animal/Rabies Control Association Reporter of the Year, 2012.

Hobbies: Church activities, family, music (Beatles) and lots of reading, British history

Favorite Sports Teams: Appalachian State, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Richard Petty, England (soccer)

Favorite Foods: Shellfish, shrimp, lobster and hot dogs from Hap's in Salisbury.




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