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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 21, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News

Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
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Introduction

Numbers released on Monday, September 20th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News




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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) As of 5 a.m. on September 21 there are 154 COVID-19 positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 116 at Mission Hospital; 9 at Angel Medical Center; 8 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 0 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 11 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 10 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.


See the COVID-19 Report from one year ago today at [MaconMedia.com]




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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

4735 Detected
(+18 from yesterday and +248 from last week and +923 in four weeks and +4136 or 690.48% from one year ago)

385 Active
(-32 (-7.67%) from yesterday and -10 (-2.53%) from last week and +152 (+65.24%) in four weeks and +385 or +1325.93% from one year ago

4295 Recovered
(+50 from yesterday and +257 from last week and +759 in four weeks and +3730 (660.18%) from one year ago)

55 Deaths
(unchanged (0%) from yesterday and +1 (+1.85%) from last week and +12 (+27.91%) in four weeks and +48 or 685.71% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11955 by Macon County Public Health
(+84 from yesterday and +366 from last week and +1408 in four weeks and +6430 or +116.38% from one year ago)

14010 by Others
(+42 from yesterday and +390 from last week and +1506 in four weeks and +11973 or 587.78% from one year ago)

25965 Total Tests
(+126 from yesterday and +756 from last week and +2914 in four weeks and +18398 or 2431.35% from one year ago)

199 tests pending results
(+84 from yesterday and +145 from last week and +66 in four weeks and +14 or 7.57% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
unchanged from yesterday
28 given this week

780 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

-84 this week

13016 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
28 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 17, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 14 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 26 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 3 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 32 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 18 students and 1 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 22 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 26 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 5 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 40students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 1 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 24 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 5 students and 2 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 36 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 11 students and 3 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 6 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 0 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 245
Students Positive 59
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 40
Total Students Out of School 304

Staff Quarantined 7
Staff Positive 9
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 34
Total Staff Out of School 16
Substitues Quarantined 1 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 1


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News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, September 21, 2021



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Local News
Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
Support Macon Media


OUTLOOK

Abundant moisture across the region will lead to widespread rain, especially over the mountains and adjacent foothills through the middle of the week. A strong cold front will arrive from the northwest by late Wednesday, and bring the potential for strong storms ahead of the front. High pressure will build in behind the front and bring cooler and drier air for the rest of the week.




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Local News

[COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (September 8, 2021)]

[Franklin Town Council Meeting for September 2021]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely before 11pm, then rain likely between 11pm and 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Patchy fog between 10pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers before noon, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 3pm, then showers likely after 3pm. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 70.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers. Patchy fog. Highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely before 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Patchy fog before 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High in the mid-60s. Light and variable winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the lower 40s.






Otto area

Today

Showers. Patchy fog before 1pm. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers likely before 10pm, then rain likely between 10pm and 2am, then showers likely after 2am. Patchy fog between 9pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday

Showers before 11am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 11am and 3pm, then showers likely after 3pm. Highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs near 70.

Thursday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-40s.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 11pm and 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Showers. Highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8pm tonight, and may be extended into tomorrow.

Additional heavy rain will be possible on Wednesday as a cold front crosses the region. As a result, The threat of flooding will possibly linger into or redevelop on Wednesday.

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
948 PM EDT Mon Sep 20 2021

.Abundant moisture across the region will lead to widespread rain, especially over the mountains and North Carolina foothills through the middle of the week.

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northeast Georgia, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, including the following areas,

In northeast Georgia,

Habersham and Rabun.

In western North Carolina, Eastern Polk, Greater Rutherford, Henderson, Macon, Polk Mountains, Rutherford Mountains, Southern Jackson and Transylvania.

In upstate South Carolina,

Greenville Mountains, Oconee Mountains and Pickens Mountains.

* Through this evening.

* A plume of sub-tropical moisture will continue to overspread the area tonight into today. Upslope flow will result in periods of heavy rainfall, especially along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. The peak of the heavy rainfall is expected late tonight through this morning. Rainfall totals of 2-4" are expected through tonight.

* With the amount of rainfall expected, rapid rises will occur along smaller creeks and streams, with some likely overflowing their banks into low-lying areas and roads. Minor mainstem river flooding can`t be ruled out. Urban flooding will be possible as well, mainly in poor drainage and low-lying areas.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Sep 21 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Peter, located about 100 miles north of the northern Leeward Islands, and on Tropical Storm Rose, located over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form later this week while the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. A storm-force, non-tropical low pressure system, the remnants of Odette, is located several hundred miles southeast of Newfoundland. This low could acquire some subtropical characteristics during the next few days while it moves slowly southeastward over warmer waters across the north-central Atlantic Ocean. However, the system is expected to turn northward back over cooler waters this weekend, which should end its chances of becoming a subtropical storm. Additional information on this system, including storm warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the middle range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low range (1.6 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low-medium range (3.0 out of 12).


Weather Almanac for September 20th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.95 inches in Highlands in 1924

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


IMAGE A TASTE OF TUSCANY

FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 20th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, September 20th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [September 20, 2021]



Analysis of the upper respiratory tract microbiota in mild and severe COVID-19 patients [BioRxiv]

Self-reported and physiological reactions to the third BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 (booster) vaccine dose [MedRxiv]

mRNA vaccination of naive and COVID-19-recovered individuals elicits potent memory B cells that recognize SARS-CoV-2 variants [Cell]

Quantitative measurement of infectious virus in SARS-CoV-2 Alpha, Delta and Epsilon variants reveals higher infectivity (viral titer:RNA ratio) in clinical samples containing the Delta and Epsilon variants. [MedRxiv]

How the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19: A Darwinian perspective [PNAS]


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On This Day

September 21st is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 101 days remain until the end of the year. It is occasionally the day of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the day of the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, though this usually falls on September 22 or September 23..



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)


455 – Emperor Avitus enters Rome with a Gallic army and consolidates his power.
1170 – The Kingdom of Dublin falls to Norman invaders.
1217 – Livonian Crusade: The Estonian leader Lembitu and Livonian leader Kaupo the Accursed are killed in the Battle of St. Matthew's Day.
1435 – The Congress of Arras causes Burgundy to switch sides in the Hundred Years' War.
1745 – A Hanoverian army is defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart
1776 – Part of New York City is burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.
1780 – American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
1792 – French Revolution: The National Convention abolishes the monarchy.
1809 – British Secretary of War Lord Castlereagh and Foreign Secretary George Canning meet in a duel on Putney Heath, with Castlereagh wounding Canning in the thigh.
1843 – The crew of schooner Ancud, including John Williams Wilson, takes possession of the Strait of Magellan on behalf of the Chilean government.
1860 – Second Opium War: An Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Palikao.
1896 – Anglo-Egyptian conquest of Sudan: British forces under the command of Horatio Kitchener take Dongola.
1898 – Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days' Reform in China.
1921 – A storage silo in Oppau, Germany, explodes, killing 500–600 people.
1933 – Salvador Lutteroth establishes Mexican professional wrestling.
1934 – A large typhoon hits western Honshū, Japan, killing more than 3,000 people.
1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500–700 people.
1939 – Romanian Prime Minister Armand Călinescu is assassinated by the Iron Guard.
1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis send over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaitsi to Bełżec extermination camp.
1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murder 2,588 Jews.
1942 – The Holocaust in Poland: At the end of Yom Kippur, Germans order Jews to permanently move from Konstantynów to Biała Podlaska.
1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.
1949 – The People's Republic of China is proclaimed.
1953 – Lieutenant No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot, defects to South Korea with his jet fighter.
1957 – Pamir, a four-masted barque, was shipwrecked and sank off the Azores during Hurricane Carrie.
1964 – Malta gains independence from the United Kingdom, but remains in the Commonwealth.
1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's fastest bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
1965 – The Gambia, Maldives and Singapore are admitted as members of the United Nations.
1971 – Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations.
1972 – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos begins authoritarian rule by declaring martial law.
1976 – Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He had been a member of the former Chilean Marxist government.
1976 – Seychelles joins the United Nations.
1981 – Belize is granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
1981 – Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
1984 – Brunei joins the United Nations.
1991 – Armenia gains independence from the Soviet Union.
1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin triggers a constitutional crisis when he suspends parliament and scraps the constitution.
1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act is passed by the United States Congress.
1997 – St. Olaf's Church, a stone church from the 16th century in Tyrvää, Finland, was burnt down by a burglar.
1999 – The Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
2001 – America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, raising over $200 million for the victims of the September 11 attacks.
2001 – Ross Parker is murdered in Peterborough, England, by a gang of ten British Pakistani youths.
2003 – The Galileo spacecraft is terminated by sending it into Jupiter's atmosphere.
2012 – Three Egyptian militants open fire on a group of Israeli soldiers in a southern Israel cross-border attack.
2013 – Al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya, killing at least 67 people.
2019 – A 5.6 Mw earthquake shakes the Albanian port of Durrës. Forty-nine people are injured in the capital, Tirana.



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Monday, September 20, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 20, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News
Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
Support Macon Media





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Introduction

Numbers released on Monday, September 20th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News

PRESS RELEASE (09-20-2021)
MACON PUBLIC HEALTH


Macon County Reports an Additional Death Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification that a Macon County resident, between 65-74 years old, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 has passed away. To protect the family’s privacy, no additional information will be released about this individual. This death brings Macon County to fifty-five (55) deaths related to COVID-19.

“We wish this family peace and comfort as they mourn the loss of their loved one,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha. McGaha continued, “Macon County residents can help protect themselves and others in our community by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Macon County Public Health has appointments available for the lifesaving vaccine for everyone who is 12 years old and older. The more individuals who get this vaccine, the more likely that we will stop seeing COVID-19 deaths.”

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) As of 5 a.m. on September 20 there are 155 COVID-19 positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 119 at Mission Hospital; 8 at Angel Medical Center; 7 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 0 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 10 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 11 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.





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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

4717 Detected
(+83 from yesterday and +256 from last week and +931 in four weeks and +4110 or 687.48% from one year ago)

417 Active
(-46 (-9.94%) from yesterday and +21 (+5.30%) from last week and +174 (+71.60%) in four weeks and +390 or +1444.44% from one year ago

4245 Recovered
(+128 from yesterday and +234 from last week and +745 in four weeks and +3680 (651.33%) from one year ago)

55 Deaths
(+1 (1.85%) from yesterday and +1 (+1.85%) from last week and +12 (+27.91%) in four weeks and +48 or 685.71% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11871 by Macon County Public Health
(+6 from yesterday and +340 from last week and +1360 in four weeks and +6346 or +114.86% from one year ago)

13968 by Others
(-34 from yesterday and +593 from last week and +1515 in four weeks and +11931 or 585.71% from one year ago)

25839 Total Tests
(-28 from yesterday and +915 from last week and +2875 in four weeks and +18277 or 241.70% from one year ago)

115 tests pending results
(-231 from yesterday and +61 from last week and -128 in four weeks and -70 or -37.84% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
unchanged from yesterday
0 given this week

780 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

unchanged this week

13016 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
0 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 17, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 14 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 26 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 3 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 32 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 18 students and 1 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 22 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 26 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 5 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 40students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 1 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 24 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 5 students and 2 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 36 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 11 students and 3 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 6 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 0 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 245
Students Positive 59
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 40
Total Students Out of School 304

Staff Quarantined 7
Staff Positive 9
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 34
Total Staff Out of School 16
Substitues Quarantined 1 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 1


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News and Weather Briefing for Monday, September 20, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Weather
Hazards and Tropical Weather
Almanac
Macon Calendar
National News Roundup
COVID-19 News and Updates
On This Day
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OUTLOOK

Abundant moisture across the region will lead to solid daily rain chances through the middle of the week. A strong cold front will arrive from the northwest by late Wednesday, and bring the potential for strong storms ahead of the front. High pressure will build in behind the front and bring cooler and drier air for the rest of the week.




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Local News

[COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County (September 8, 2021)]

[Franklin Town Council Meeting for September 2021]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 9pm, then showers, mainly after 9pm. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers after 2pm. Patchy fog before 11am. Highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers. Patchy fog. Lows around 60. East wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. High in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely before 2am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2am and 4am, then showers likely after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Chance of rain is 60%.






Otto area

Today

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Rain before 9pm, then showers after 9pm. Patchy fog. Low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. High in the mid-70s. Calm winds becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High in the low-to-mid 70s. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers likely, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain before 1am, then showers likely between 1am and 3am, then rain likely after 3am. Patchy fog. Low in the mid-60s. Winds out of the east wind around 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Rain likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Highs in the lower 70s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. Chance of rain is 60%.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Heavy rain focused near the escarpment and in embedded thunderstorms will expand across the region today and continue into Tuesday in response to a developing moist low level jet. The location of the heavier axis of rain may shift Wednesday as the low level jet exits the region and a cold front approaches from the west. The threat of flooding will ramp up late Monday into Tuesday and possibly linger into Wednesday. A strong cold front will drive much drier air into the region by Thursday, putting an end to the inclement weather.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Sep 20 2021

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Peter, located a few hundred miles east of the northernmost Leeward Islands, and on Tropical Storm Rose, located several hundred miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

1. A tropical wave located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic several hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development over the next several days, and a tropical depression could form later this week while the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

2. A storm-force, non-tropical low pressure system, the remnants of Odette, is located a couple of hundred miles southeast of Newfoundland. This low could acquire some subtropical characteristics by the middle of this week as it moves slowly eastward and then southeastward over warmer waters across the north-central Atlantic Ocean. Additional information on this system, including storm warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...30 percent.



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the lower range of yellow for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle range of yellow.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium range (6.3 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the low range (0.8 out of 12).


Weather Almanac for September 20th (1872-2020)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County

Highest Temperature 95°F in Highlands in 1925
Lowest Temperature 31°F in Highlands in 1903
Greatest Rainfall 4.95 inches in Highlands in 1924

Record Weather Events for September (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 98°F in Franklin on Sept 4, 1975
Lowest Temperature 27°F in Franklin on Sept 30, 1967
Greatest Rainfall 11.87 inches in Highlands on Sept 29, 1964
Record weather events for this date and month in Macon County

Record Weather Events for Sept 1st in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 105°F in Goldsboro, Wayne County in 1932
Lowest Temperature 33°F in Boone, Watauga County in 1946
Greatest Rainfall 8.98 inches in Andrews, Cherokee County in 1982
Record Weather Events for September in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 109°F in Weldon, Halifax County on 09-07-1954
Lowest Temperature 23°F in Marion, McDowell County on 09-28-2000
Greatest Rainfall 18.30 inches in Southport, Brunswick County on 09-16-1999



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)


IMAGE A TASTE OF TUSCANY

FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts and crafts, food, and music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National News Roundup

Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them [AP News]

Inspiration4 and the quest to cure childhood cancer [The Hill]

Dow futures drop more than 400 points after index notches three straight losing weeks for first time in 2021 [CNBC]

Gas price rise: Government considering loans for energy firms [Yahoo! News]

Australia made 'huge mistake,' French ambassador says



France's Macron to hold call with Biden amid crisis over submarines



Body found in search for Gabby Petito



NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast - September 19th, 2021



PBS NewsHour full episode, September 19th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [September 9, 2021]



TWiV 807: The shot yearned ’round the world with Chadi Saad-Roy and Caroline Wagner [Microbe TV]

How Ivermectin Became The New Focus Of The Anti-Vaccine Movement [NPR]

Memorial Along National Mall Offers Stark Reminder of Virus’s Toll [New York Times]

LIVE: Americans who died from COVID-19 honored with flags on the National Mall



Consumption of Phenolic-Rich Food and Dietary Supplements as a Key Tool in SARS-CoV-19 Infection [Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute]

The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and co-pays, leaving patients with big bills. [Washington Post]

PHD Comics: The COVID-19 Virus Explained [PhD Comics]

Covid-stricken Alabama had more deaths than births last year, a first in its recorded history. [New York Times]

Early Social Distancing Policies in Europe, Mobility Change and COVID‐19 Case Trajectories: Lessons from Spring 2020 [Wiley Online Library]

COVID-19 vaccines: Keeping pace with SARS-CoV-2 variants [Cell]

Georgia professor: ‘We are teaching in COVID factories’ [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Horse owners can’t find ivermectin as Americans flock to unproven coronavirus cure [Washington Post]

COVID-19’s official worldwide death toll is 4.5M; Economist’s model concludes the actual number could be 15M [Oregon Live]


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On This Day

September 20th is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 102 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)


1058 – Agnes of Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary meet to negotiate about the border territory of Burgenland.

1066 – At the Battle of Fulford, Harald Hardrada defeats earls Morcar and Edwin.

• [Wikipedia: Battle of Fulford]
• [The Battle of Fulford 1066 AD]
• [HistoryPod Video]

1187 – Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.

• [HistoryPod Video]
• [LINKTEXT]
• [LINKTEXT]

1260 – The Great Prussian Uprising among the old Prussians begins against the Teutonic Knights.

1378 – Cardinal Robert of Geneva is elected as Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.

1498 – The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in. It has been outside since then.

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

• [Wikipedia: Magellan expedition]
• [Ferdinand Magellan - First Circumnavigation of the Earth]
• [Great Voyages: Ferdinand Magellan, 'Our One True Guide': The First Circumnavigation of the Globe]

1697 – The Treaty of Ryswick is signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic, ending the Nine Years' War.

1737 – The finish of the Walking Purchase which forces the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km2) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

1792 – French troops stop an allied invasion of France at the Battle of Valmy.

1835 – The decade-long Ragamuffin War starts when rebels capture Porto Alegre in Brazil.

1854 – Crimean War: British and French troops defeat Russians at the Battle of Alma.

• [Wikipedia: Battle of the Alma]
• [[UKTV History] Crimean War 1853-1856 - World War Zero]

1857 – The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.

1860 – The future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom begins the first visit to North America by a Prince of Wales.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, ends in a Confederate victory.

• [Wikipedia: Battle of Chickamauga]
• [Chickamauga: Animated Battle Map]
• ["Shadow in the Valley: The Battle of Chickamauga" - Complete Civil War Docu-Drama]

1870 – The Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia, and complete the unification of Italy.

1871 – Bishop John Coleridge Patteson, first bishop of Melanesia, is martyred on Nukapu, now in the Solomon Islands.

1881 – U.S. President Chester A. Arthur is sworn in, the morning after becoming president upon James A. Garfield's death.

1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.

1911 – The White Star Line's RMS Olympic collides with the British warship HMS Hawke.

1920 – Irish War of Independence: British police known as "Black and Tans" burned the town of Balbriggan and killed two local men in revenge for an Irish Republican Army (IRA) assassination.

1941 – The Holocaust in Lithuania: Lithuanian Nazis and local police begin a mass execution of 403 Jews in Nemenčinė.

• [The Site and Grave of Mass Massacre of Jews in Nemenčinė]

1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: In the course of two days a German Einsatzgruppe murders at least 3,000 Jews in Letychiv.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.

1946 – Six days after a referendum, King Christian X of Denmark annuls the declaration of independence of the Faroe Islands.

1954 – The first Moomins comic strip was published in the British newspaper The Evening News.

1955 – The Treaty on Relations between the USSR and the GDR is signed.

1961 – Greek general Konstantinos Dovas becomes Prime Minister of Greece.

1962 – James Meredith, an African American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.

1965 – Following the Battle of Burki, the Indian Army captures Dograi in course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

1967 – RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched Clydebank, Scotland.

1971 – Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.

• [Wikipedia: Hurricane Irene–Olivia]

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

• [LINKTEXT]
• [Tennis Battle of the Sexes special (September 20, 1973)]
• [LINKTEXT]

1973 – Singer Jim Croce, songwriter and musician Maury Muehleisen and four others die when their light aircraft crashes on takeoff at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.

1977 – Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.

1979 – A French-supported coup d'état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokassa I.

1982 – 1982 NFL season: American football players in the National Football League begin a 57-day strike.

1984 – A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people.

1990 – South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.

2000 – The United Kingdom's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by individuals using a Russian-built RPG-22 anti-tank missile.

2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror".

• [Wikipedia: War on terror]
• [President George W. Bush’s address to a joint session of Congress following 9/11 - Sept. 20, 2001]
• [Text of Speech]

2003 – Civil unrest in the Maldives breaks out after a prisoner is killed by guards.

2007 – Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate.

2008 – A dump truck full of explosives detonates in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.

2011 – The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

2017 – Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, US$90 billion in damage, and a major humanitarian crisis.

2018 – At least 161 people die after a ferry capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island in Lake Victoria and part of Tanzania.

2019 – Roughly four million people, mostly students, demonstrate across the world to address climate change. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden leads the demonstration in New York City.
• [School strike for climate]
• [Greta Thunberg leads New York protest for climate change action]
• [Make the World Greta Again (Full Documentary) - Time's 2019 Person of the Year]




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