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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Updated Testing and Vaccination Information for Macon County



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

A weak cold front has crossed the area from the northwest last tonight, and is expected to across the Deep South for Wednesday through Friday. Cool high pressure will then build in from the north for the weekend. More substantial precipitation chances will return to the region early next week.

News Highlights
(repeat from Friday)

Beginning today, January 19th, here is the new schedule for COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination:
Monday and Thursday – COVID-19 Testing 8:30am – 4:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – COVID-19 Vaccination 10:00am – 3:00pm

Macon County Public Health is now registering individuals to receive the COVD-19 vaccination at two Call Centers as well as online. The options are as follows:

Option 1: Individuals may access a web link by [clicking here] and complete the form to include their last name, first name and email address. Once this information is submitted, Macon County Public Health will be able to upload the information into the state COVID-19 Vaccination Management System (CVMS).

After CVMS receives the submission, an email will be sent to the address provided allowing the individual to complete the registration process and set-up their password. Following confirmation that their registration is complete and their phase confirmed, individuals may call 828-349-2517, Option 2 to schedule their appointment once we begin vaccinating their eligible phase/group.

Option 2: Individuals may call 828-349-2517, Option 2 and speak with a representative who will get them registered in the state COVID-19 Vaccination Management System (CVMS) after completion of a brief questionnaire. Once the registration has been completed, an appointment will be scheduled. No additional steps are needed.

Option 3: Individuals may call 828-524-1500 and speak with a representative who will get them registered in the state COVID-19 Vaccination Management System (CVMS) after completion of a brief questionnaire. Once the registration has been completed, an appointment will be scheduled. No additional steps are needed.

Call Centers are operating 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. As of this week, NC DHHS transitioned from vaccination phases to groups. In accordance with NC DHHS’s Vaccination Plan, Macon County is currently providing vaccinations to individuals in Group 2, individuals 65 and older regardless of health status. An updated graphic has been provided with this release.



Editor's Note: Macon Media has improved on the graphic by adding definitions of groups to the categories eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. Click the image to embiggen it to a larger size or download the graphic to view it at the original size.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under phase three with masks required to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might 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 orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces.

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community today at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.

• A Vaccine Clinic will be held in Highlands on Jan 20th [LINK]

• Macon County is registering people for COVID-19 Vaccination. [LINK]

• Beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021 Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 4:00pm at the Macon County Department of Public Health [LINK]

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]




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General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Wednesday Sunny, with highs near 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night A chance of freezing rain, mainly after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Thursday A chance of rain or freezing rain before 7am, then rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the sest 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 25 mph in the morning decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph in the morninging hours and 25 mph in the afternoon hours. Wednesday Night A chance of freezing rain, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. WInds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday A chance of rain or freezing rain before 7am, then rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night A slight chance of rain before 3am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Otto area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Tonight A slight chance of rain between 8pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Calm winds increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Wednesday Night A slight chance of rain or freezing rain between 2am and 3am, then a chance of rain. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm by midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Thursday Rain likely, mainly between 7am and 10am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the west 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.

Nantahala area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the west 3 to 7 mph. Tonight A slight chance of rain between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday Sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night A slight chance of rain or freezing rain between 1am and 3am, then a chance of rain. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Light winds out of the southwest. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Thursday Rain likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.



HAZARDS

Black ice is likely on area roads this morning, so please be careful if you must venture out before temperatures rise above freezing. Other than the potential for black ice this morning, most of the county will not see hazardous weather today.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

Vaccines Given on 01/15/21 290
Current Inventory 280
Total Vaccines Given 530

COVID-19 CASES AND TESTING

Cases

2248 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +221 from last Friday and +1037 in four weeks)

572 Active
(-50 from Thursday and +64 from last Friday and +391 in four weeks)

1692 Recovered
(+81 from Thursday and +292 from last Friday and +671 in four weeks)

17 Deaths
(+5 from Thursday and +5 from last Friday and +8 in four weeks)


Testing

5238 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +222 from last Friday and +444 in four weeks)

6297 by Others
(+50 from Thursday and +514 from last Friday and +1723 in four weeks)

14535 total
(+48 from Thursday and +736 from last Friday and +2167 in four weeks)

169 tests pending results
(-18 from Thursday and +31 from last Friday and -68 in four weeks)









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Monday, January 18, 2021

Weather Briefing for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

A weaker upper low pressure will track near the Great Lakes Sunday and Monday bringing some more snow to the North Carolina mountains upon the cool west to northwesterly flow. High pressure builds into the region on Tuesday leading to drier conditions. Low pressure is forecast to approach our region from Texas later in the week.

News Highlights
(repeat from Friday)

• Macon Public Health reports five more COVID-19 Deaths since December 30th [LINK]

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.

• A Vaccine Clinic will be held in Highlands on Jan 20th [LINK]

• Macon County is registering people for COVID-19 Vaccination. [LINK]

• Beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021 Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 4:00pm at the Macon County Department of Public Health [LINK]

• Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15 [LINK]

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]




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General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

A 20 percent chance of snow before 8am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with highs near 40. Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Otto area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph. Tonight Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of rain before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with highs in the upper 40s. Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.

Nantahala area

Today

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 7am. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Tonight Partly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of rain before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west around 5 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with highs near 40. Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.



HAZARDS

Most of the county will not see hazardous weather today. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 3500 feet until noon today for light snow and possible slick roads.

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
343 AM EST Mon Jan 18 2021

...ACCUMULATING SNOW SHOWERS ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...

.A cold upper-level low pressure system, and associated moisture, will cross the region from the west this morning. This system will produce periods of snow showers across the higher elevations of the North Carolina mountains, especially near the Tennessee border. Accumulating snow will create slick roadways and potentially hazardous driving conditions.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...Snow. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated 4 to 5 inch amounts above 5000 feet. windss gusting as high as 35 to 45 mph at times.

* WHERE...Mainly elevations above 3500 feet in Avery, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Swain, Haywood, Graham, Macon, and northern Jackson Counties in western North Carolina.

* WHEN...Until noon EST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions with temperatures in the 20s in most areas. The hazardous conditions will likely impact the morning commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Some locations in the mountain valleys could also have patchy dense freezing fog that will contribute to dangerous driving conditions through the early morning hours.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

Vaccines Given on 01/15/21 290
Current Inventory 280
Total Vaccines Given 530

COVID-19 CASES AND TESTING

Cases

2248 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +221 from last Friday and +1037 in four weeks)

572 Active
(-50 from Thursday and +64 from last Friday and +391 in four weeks)

1692 Recovered
(+81 from Thursday and +292 from last Friday and +671 in four weeks)

17 Deaths
(+5 from Thursday and +5 from last Friday and +8 in four weeks)


Testing

5238 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +222 from last Friday and +444 in four weeks)

6297 by Others
(+50 from Thursday and +514 from last Friday and +1723 in four weeks)

14535 total
(+48 from Thursday and +736 from last Friday and +2167 in four weeks)

169 tests pending results
(-18 from Thursday and +31 from last Friday and -68 in four weeks)









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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Weather Briefing for Sunday, January 17, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

A weaker upper low pressure will track near the Great Lakes Sunday and Monday bringing some more snow to the North Carolina mountains upon the cool west to northwesterly flow. High pressure builds into the region on Tuesday leading to drier conditions. Low pressure is forecast to approach our region from Texas later in the week.

News Highlights
(repeat from Friday)

• Macon Public Health reports five more COVID-19 Deaths since December 30th [LINK]

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.

• A Vaccine Clinic will be held in Highlands on Jan 20th [LINK]

• Macon County is registering people for COVID-19 Vaccination. [LINK]

• Beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021 Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 4:00pm at the Macon County Department of Public Health [LINK]

• Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15 [LINK]

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]




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General forecast through Tuesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.

Highlands area

Today

Partly sunny, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 30.

Otto area

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 50.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around freezing.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the southwest increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

A slight chance of snow between 8pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the west 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around freezing.



HAZARDS

Most of the county will not see hazardous weather today. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 3500 feet for light snow and possible slick roads.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

Vaccines Given on 01/15/21 290
Current Inventory 280
Total Vaccines Given 530

COVID-19 CASES AND TESTING

Cases

2248 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +221 from last Friday and +1037 in four weeks)

572 Active
(-50 from Thursday and +64 from last Friday and +391 in four weeks)

1692 Recovered
(+81 from Thursday and +292 from last Friday and +671 in four weeks)

17 Deaths
(+5 from Thursday and +5 from last Friday and +8 in four weeks)


Testing

5238 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +222 from last Friday and +444 in four weeks)

6297 by Others
(+50 from Thursday and +514 from last Friday and +1723 in four weeks)

14535 total
(+48 from Thursday and +736 from last Friday and +2167 in four weeks)

169 tests pending results
(-18 from Thursday and +31 from last Friday and -68 in four weeks)









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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Weather Briefing for Saturday, January 16, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

As a large area of low pressure slowly tracks through the Great Lakes over the weekend, a cool northwesterly flow across the region will produce periods of snow showers in the North Carolina mountains through Monday. High pressure builds into the region leading to drier conditions Tuesday. Low pressure is forecast to approach our region from Texas later in the week.

News Highlights

• Macon Public Health reports five more COVID-19 Deaths since December 30th [LINK]

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.

• A Vaccine Clinic will be held in Highlands on Jan 20th [LINK]

• Macon County is registering people for COVID-19 Vaccination. [LINK]

• Beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021 Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 4:00pm at the Macon County Department of Public Health [LINK]

• Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15 [LINK]

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]




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General forecast through Monday Night


Franklin area

Today

chance of rain and snow showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain showers, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Highlands area

Today

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 30. Winds out of the west 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. WInds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Otto area

Today

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Light and variable windd increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-20s. Nantahala area

Today

A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A 20 percent chance of snow before 11am. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-20s.



HAZARDS

Most of the county will not see hazardous weather today. The National Weather Service is forecasting light snow above 3500 feet. Details are posted below in the Winter Weather Advisory.

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
343 AM EST Sat Jan 16 2021

...ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL ACROSS THE HIGHER NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN ELEVATIONS TODAY...

.lows pressure system will cross the region today through tonight. Cool and moist westerly flow will persist and produce periods of snow showers across the North Carolina mountains, especially near the Tennessee border. This snow will create slick roadways and potentially hazardous driving conditions. Winds will also become quite gusty at these elevations Tonight.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY ABOVE 3500 FEET...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Additional snow accumulations of up to 3 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Portions of western North Carolina.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Please report snow and ice accumulations by calling the National Weather Service toll free at...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. Leave a message with your observation and the specific location where it occurred. You can also post your report to National Weather Service Greenville Spartanburg Facebook or tweet your report using hashtag nwsgsp.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/gsp. The latest state road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

Vaccines Given Today 290
Current Inventory 280
Total Vaccines Given 530

COVID-19 CASES AND TESTING

Cases

2248 Detected
(+3 from Thursday and +221 from last Friday and +1037 in four weeks)

572 Active
(-50 from Thursday and +64 from last Friday and +391 in four weeks)

1692 Recovered
(+81 from Thursday and +292 from last Friday and +671 in four weeks)

17 Deaths
(+5 from Thursday and +5 from last Friday and +8 in four weeks)


Testing

5238 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +222 from last Friday and +444 in four weeks)

6297 by Others
(+50 from Thursday and +514 from last Friday and +1723 in four weeks)

14535 total
(+48 from Thursday and +736 from last Friday and +2167 in four weeks)

169 tests pending results
(-18 from Thursday and +31 from last Friday and -68 in four weeks)





The Macon County Public Health Department has not released a Weekly Demographic Report since December 30, 2020.



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Friday, January 15, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, January 15, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

A strong cold front will track into the area Friday. This front will bring the chance for bursts of snow today into early Sunday Morning for the North Carolina Mountains, leading to light snowfall accumulations. This front should lead to rain across the lower elevations. Monday another low pressure system brings the potential for snow showers for the mountains. Tuesday high pressure builds into the region leading to drier conditions.

News Highlights

• Nantahala School will be on a two-hour delay today.

• Macon County Schools will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King Day and will (due to "an unavailability" of school nurses) have a virtual learning day (except for Macon Early College) on Tuesday the 19th. Meals will be delivered. In-person instruction will resume on Wednesday the 20th.

• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.

• Beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021 Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 4:00pm at the Macon County Department of Public Health [LINK]

• Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15 [LINK]

• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]




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General forecast through Sunday Night


Franklin area

Today

Rain and snow likely, mainly before 9am. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Saturday

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers, then a chance of rain showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

A chance of snow showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow between 7pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 208 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.

Highlands area

Today

Snow likely, mainly before 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers before 5pm, then a slight chance of snow after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 30. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Otto area

Today

A chance of rain and snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph early increasing to come out of the west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday

A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers, then a chance of rain showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 40s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Nantahala area

Today

Rain and snow likely before 9am, then a slight chance of rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A slight chance of snow between 11pm and 2am, then a chance of snow showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near freezing. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.



HAZARDS

Some locations in the county received a light dusting of snow last night, so be careful on your morning commutes.

A cold front will pass through through the area today, ushering in a period of cold weather that will last through the weekend. Light snow may continue to accumulate Friday morning before changing to rain or ending. A upper level low pressure system however will pass through the area Saturday, bringing another chance of accumulating snow from then until early Sunday morning.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th.

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health Department recieved its first shipment on December 30th) [LINK]

(According to the daily report released by the health department)
Vaccines Given 01/14...118 01/13...118
Current Inventory 01/14...530 01/13...530
Total Vaccines Given 01/14...280 01/13...280

(A press release had different numbers, stating that the health department had received 800 doses and 182 had been given, using those figures, here is a revised count). [LINK]

Vaccines Given by Day 01/14...0 01/13...118
Current Inventory 01/14...800 01/13...530
Total Vaccines Given 01/14...280 01/13...280

COVID-19 Known Cases and Testing in Macon County

2245 Detected
(+41 from Wednesday and +277 from last Thursday and +1066 in four weeks)

622 Active
(-7 from Wednesday and +5 from last Thursday and +455 in four weeks)

1611 Recovered
(+48 from Wednesday and +272 from last Thursday and +608 in four weeks)

12 Deaths
(unchanged from Wednesday and unchanged from last Thursday and +3 in four weeks)

Testing

8238 by MCPH
(+141 from Wednesday and +222 from last Thursday and +622 in four weeks)

6249 by Others
(+39 from Wednesday and +579 from last Thursday and +1585 in four weeks)

14487 total
(+180 from Wednesday and +801 from last Thursday and +2207 in four weeks)

187 tests pending results
(+102 from Wednesday and +18 from last Thursday and +37 in four weeks)





The Macon County Public Health Department has not released a Weekly Demographic Report since December 30, 2020.



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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15

Photo provided by the Forest Service. 

  The Forest Services in North Carolina is closing certain rock cliffs and rock faces during nesting season for Peregrine Falcons. Two locations in the Nantahala District (Macon and Jackson Counties) are impacted by this and are listed below. Below them are the rest of the locations in the state. 

 Pickens Nose (East Face) 
 All climbing routes on the East Face are closed. 

 Whiteside Mountain 
All climbing routes between and including Southwest Arete and Mainline are closed. 

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Temporary rock cliff closures to protect peregrine falcons in effect starting January 15

Asheville, NC, January 14, 2021 - Each year between January 15 and August 15, the U.S. Forest Service closes several rock faces in western North Carolina to recreational activities, including rock climbing, to protect the rare peregrine falcons that nest there. Peregrine falcons mate for life and return to the same site each year to nest. If the pair is disturbed, they will leave the site and may not nest again until the following year.
 
Activities that are prohibited to reduce disturbance to nesting and fledgling falcons includes rock climbing, rappelling, ice climbing, bouldering, hang gliding, and slacklining. Drone use on the rock faces themselves and flying drones in the vicinity of the rock faces and within posted areas is also prohibited. Overnight camping within posted areas is not allowed. Through-hiking on designated trails is permitted within the posted boundaries but hikers should not approach the rock faces listed in the table below.
 
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) monitors nesting sites with the help of volunteers. In 2020 across western North Carolina, 16 sites were occupied by peregrine falcon pairs and four successfully reproduced with a total of seven offspring. Two additional sites were occupied by a single, unpaired bird. The Shortoff Mountain nesting site that was discovered last season was occupied again this year and the pair produced three fledglings.
 
Avoid activities at the rock cliffs in the following areas when they are posted closed:
 
Site Name
Area Closed
Ranger District
Buzzard's RoostAll climbing routes are closed. No camping or foot traffic above the cliff.Appalachian Ranger District
Whiterock CliffAll climbing routes are closed.Appalachian Ranger District
Shortoff Mountain South (Linville Gorge)All climbing routes between and including C.O. and Paradigm Shift are closed.Grandfather Ranger District
Shortoff Mountain North (Linville Gorge)This is the unclimbed cliff that lies north of False Paradise. All climbing routes, cliff rim, and campsites within the red band marked on the map are closed to entry. No camping or foot traffic above or below the cliff in this section.Grandfather Ranger District
Bynum Bluff (Linville Gorge)All climbing routes are closed.Grandfather Ranger District
NC Wall, Apricot Buttress, the Camel (Linville Gorge)On NC Wall, all climbing routes between and including Tightrope and Bumblebee Buttress are closed. Apricot Buttress and the Camel are closed.Grandfather Ranger District
Big Lost Cove CliffsAll climbing routes are closed.Grandfather Ranger District
Pickens Nose (East Face)All climbing routes on the East Face are closed.Nantahala Ranger District
Whiteside MountainAll climbing routes between and including Southwest Arete and Mainline are closed.Nantahala Ranger District
Victory WallAll climbing routes are closed. No camping or foot traffic above or below cliff face.Pisgah Ranger District
Looking Glass Rock (North Face)All climbing routes to the right (as seen from the base of the rock) of Glass Menagerie and to the left of and including Twisted Laurel on the North Face of Looking Glass Rock are closed. No camping or foot traffic below the cliff in this section.Pisgah Ranger District
North Cedar Rock (Wall of Northern Aggression)All climbing routes between and including Groove Thang and Baynes Corner on the Wall of Northern Aggression are closed. No camping or foot traffic below the cliff in this section.Pisgah Ranger District


Weather Briefing for Thursday, January 14, 2021



OUTLOOK

This is an abbreviated news and weather briefing.

Above-normal afternoon temperatures and dry weather will return again today. A strong cold front will enter the area Friday, however, bringing chances for light precipitation and ushering in cold weather for the weekend. Light accumulating snow may return to the mountains at times Friday through Sunday.

News Highlights

• President Trump Impeached for Incitement of Insurrection [LINK]
• Video and supporting documents from the January 2021 meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners [LINK]
• A drive though COVID-19 testing clinic has been scheduled for the Nantahala Community on January 19th at the Nantahala EMS Base located at 1096 Junaluska Road. The clinic will be held from 10AM until 2PM or until tests run out. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment. This is for TESTING ONLY. This is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine administration location.




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General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers between midnight and 3am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Increasing clouds, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the south around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s5. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 3pm, then a chance of rain showers, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Wind chills will dip into the 20s at times. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 30. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Winds out of the west around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 20s. Wind chills will sometimes dip into the teens. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 20.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly after 5am. Increasing clouds, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the south 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers between 9am and 4pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-40s. WInds out of the south 5 to 10 mph in the morning increasing to come out of the west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-30s. Wind chills will make it feel like it is in the 20s for much of the day. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 3am, then a chance of rain showers between 3am and 5am, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 5am. Increasing clouds, with lows around freezing. WInds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with highs near 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 30. Wind chill values will dip into the 20s and could briefly drop in the upper teens at times. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s.



HAZARDS

There could be some black ice on area rodways this morning as a result of freezing fog, so remember to turn out your headlights so others can see you and proceed with caution on the roadways if you cannot delay your trip until after temperatures rise above freezing.

...Patchy Dense Freezing Fog Possible This Morning...

Patchy dense fog continues to develop across the region early this morning. Temperatures in the 20s to lower 30s will foster freezing fog for the areas of most dense fog. Visibility of less than one half mile and frost on elevated road surfaces are possible during the morning commute. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Also, be alert for frost on bridge decks causing slippery roads.



COVID-19 BRIEFING

Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health Department recieved its first shipment on December 30th [LINK])

Vaccines Given Today (01-13-2021) 118
Current Inventory 530
Total Vaccines Given 280


CASES

2204 Detected
(+62 from Tuesday and +341 from last Wednesday and +1058 in four weeks)

629 Active
(+6 from Tuesday and +100 from last Wednesday and +482 in four weeks)

1563 Recovered
(+56 from Tuesday and +241 from last Wednesday and +573 in four weeks)

12 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and unchanged from last Wednesday and +3 in four weeks)


TESTING

8097 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and +183 from last Wednesday and +481 in four weeks)

6210 by Others
(+142 from Tuesday and +701 from last Wednesday and +1705 in four weeks)

14307 total
(+142 from Tuesday and +884 from last Wednesday and +2186 in four weeks)

111 tests pending results
(-26 from Tuesday and -12 from last Wednesday and -140 in four weeks)





The Macon County Public Health Department has not released a Weekly Demographic Report since December 30, 2020.



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Published at 5:10am on Thursday, January 14, 2021