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Homeless shelters maintain service to communities during pandemic

Allied Churches of Alamance County Executive Director Jai Baker. Kyra O’Connor

Allied Churches of Alamance County’s homeless shelters have not reported a single coronavirus case. When he mentioned it out loud, Executive Director Jai Baker said he hoped he wouldn’t jinx it.

“We had a system set in place if individuals in the shelter tested positive … they will immediately be moved to a location where they could be quarantined and still live safe and fruitful lives, but go through that quarantine,” Baker said. “To this day, we have not had to use that protocol.”

Refugees farming for change in Chapel Hill

The Youth Group from Transplanting Traditions speaks on about their experience making the Audio Bites on Oct 12th, 2019. Ben Muse

CHAPEL HILL — Sunlight streams through banana leaves, illuminating bamboo structures filled with vegetables and tools at the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm. Just down the path from where students disembarked from their vehicles were steaming pots of traditional Burmese dishes, children at play and volunteers chatting with local community members.

Understanding vaccination exemptions at Elon

Needle and syringe. Olivia Parks

Elon University complies with North Carolina’s vaccine protocols, which give students vaccine exemptions for medical or religious reasons while still attending school.

According to Dean of Students Jana Lynn Patterson, less than 1% of the student population at Elon — which has more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this year — is exempt from vaccinations. Patterson declined to give the exact number.