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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, August 11, 2020







OUTLOOK

Daily showers and thunderstorms will steadily become more numerous as the week progresses. High temperatures of a couple degrees above normal early in the week will become near to below normal by the end of the week under considerable cloud cover.

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News Brief


A fourth Maconian has died due to COVID-19 and the number of detected cases has increased to 480 (an increase of ten since Friday) and the number of active cases is 63 (an increase of two since Friday). [LINK]

Macon County to Hold Community Testing in Franklin on Thursday, August 13th.

Macon County Emergency Management and Macon County Public Health will be hosting a COVID-19 testing
clinic for the community in Franklin on August 13th, 2020. The clinic will be held at Macon Middle School from
8AM to 11AM. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule
an appointment.

WHAT: COVID-19 Testing Clinic
WHEN: August 13th, 2020, 8AM until 11 AM
WHERE: Macon Middle School at 1345 Wells Grove Road


For those who would like to receive a COVID-19 test, you are asked to fill out your paperwork ahead of time, which is available at the following link: https://bit.ly/MaconCoCOVID. You are also asked to bring your insurance card, if you have insurance. There is no cost for a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance.


The Governor has issued Executive Order #155 to keep North Carolina in a Phase II Pandemic Restriction for five more weeks. This takes us to September 11th. You can see the news briefing where he made the announcement and read the executive order for yourself in the COVID-19 Update published by Macon Media [LINK]


General Forecast Through Thursday Night


Today

Patchy for in the morning. A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 1am. A chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday

Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-70s in the higher elevations to the mid-80s in the higher elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the low-to-mid 70s in the higher elevations to the low-to-mid 80s in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected today. For the rest of the week, thunderstorm coverage is expected to increase.

Air Quality



Macon County, including the ridgetops, will be in the upper range of green today.



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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)









Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Aug 11 2020

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

1. Thunderstorm activity associated with a large low pressure system located more than 800 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has increased and become a little better organized over the past several hours. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development to occur, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or so while the disturbance moves westward to west-northwestward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic. Conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development by the end of the week.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.







End Daily Weather Segment








Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

CDC [LINK]

136,218 Detected Infections
2,168 Reported Deaths


NCDHHS [LINK]

136,218 Detected Infections
2,001,919 Total Tests
1,111 Reported Current Hospitalizations
2,172 Reported Deaths

Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK]

137,562 Detected Infections
2,199 Reported Deaths


North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Data from Macon County Public Health as of Monday afternoon and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to August 10th [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting two weekends ago since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.








480 Detected Cases (+10 since Friday)
63 Active Positive (+2 since Friday)
413 Recovered (+7 since Friday)
4 Death (+1 since Friday)

Testing Data for Macon County

4344 MCPH Tests (+38 since Friday)
1548 Tests by Others (unchanged since Friday)
5892 Total Tests (+38 since Friday)
249 Tests Pending Results (-42 since Friday)


And here is the weekly Demographic Update from Macon County Public Health released on Wednesday, August 5th. The next demographic update will be on Wednesday, August 12th.






Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 5:15am Tuesday, August 11, 2020



Monday, August 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Monday, August 10, 2020
Latest Numbers from Macon County Public Health Included
Macon County Reports Fourth Death Related to COVID-19

**update** The press release regarding the 4th death due to COVID-19 has been added to the top of this article.

Macon County Reports Fourth Death Related to COVID-19

A Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about this patient.
“The family and loved ones of this individual are in our thoughts and prayers. As we head back to school, please continue to practice the 3Ws and be mindful of those that are higher risk,” stated Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director.

Mrs. McGaha continued, “We can make a difference by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying 6 feet from others. Continue to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside your home to help to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The entire state of North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under phase two 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. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which also includes future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.


Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm, closing daily for lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, until further notice.





Here is an update for this afternoon on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 20th and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 20th [LINK]

Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting this past weekend since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.





480 Detected Cases (+10 since Friday)
63 Active Positive (+2 since Friday)
413 Recovered (+7 since Friday)
4 Death (+1 since Friday)

Testing Data for Macon County

4344 MCPH Tests (+38 since Friday)
1548 Tests by Others (unchanged
 since Friday)
5892 Total Tests (+38 since Friday)
249 Tests Pending Results (-42 since Friday)


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Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

CDC [LINK]

134,766 Detected Infections
2,160 Reported Deaths


NCDHHS [LINK]

136,218 Detected Infections
1,986,548 Total Tests
1,109 Reported Current Hospitalizations
2,168 Reported Deaths

Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK]

136,346 Detected Infections
2,192 Reported Deaths

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]



Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



Videos
(repeat from yesterday for those who missed this section)


MedCram - Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY

COVID-19 Pandemic Update 101: T Cell Immunity vs. Antibodies & Prior Exposure to Other Coronaviruses




The relationship between antibodies for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and immunity, vaccine efficacy, and spread of COVID-19 has received significant attention. Dr. Seheult is back to illustrate why T cells have received less attention than antibodies, but may be more important to long term immunity from COVID-19. Dr. Seheult also discusses how previous infections with common coronaviruses may provide some immunity to SARS-CoV-2, and the hypothesis that reducing the inoculum (initial dose) of SARS-CoV-2 might result in less symptom severity (This video was recorded August 10, 2020).

Five-minute antigen video [LINK]






Sports, Entertainment, Public Transportation, and Other Crowded Venues

Big Ten reportedly voted 12-2 to cancel football season; Michigan, MSU voted not to play [LINK]

Disney World Set To Reduce Hours After Bob Chapek Admits People Are Cancelling Trips [LINK]

Vancouver bar manager stops large group of party bus riders from entering bar [LINK]

Coronavirus: Vicar uses chopsticks to serve bread in Holy Communion safety measure | UK News [LINK]

'Night rave' in B.C. prompts public warning for potential COVID-19 exposure [LINK]

Thousands gather at Smash Mouth concert despite coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

Washington requires 300-square-feet per person in gyms [LINK]

Almost every San Francisco restaurant breaks this one pandemic health rule [LINK]

Southside High School football player tests positive for COVID-19; practice continues (Arkansas) [LINK]





Pandemic Heroes, Interesting Sidenotes and Repurcussions of the Pandemic

Global quiet as human-generated noise drops by 50 per cent under lockdown [LINK]

Job insecurity, child care: Moms reporting psychological distress amid coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

Meet the Georgia teen distributing more PPE than the federal government [LINK]

'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist [LINK]

Telemedicine shines during pandemic but will glow fade? [LINK]

Community mourns the loss of long-time Brandon doctor, who died from COVID-19 complications (Florida) [LINK]







Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such


China's Sinopharm starts Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in Bahrain [LINK]

Mayo disease specialist says La Crosse’s COVID-19 “reinfection” is more likely a relapse [LINK]

Direct and Indirect Impacts of COVID-19 on Excess Deaths and Morbidity: Executive Summary [LINK]

Mouthwashes Could Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus Transmission [LINK]

Houston Methodist reports rapid recovery of critically ill COVID-19 patients with drug (Aviptadil) [LINK]

Vitamin D deficiency as a predictor of poor prognosis in patients with acute respiratory failure due to COVID-19 [LINK]

Wrong person, place and time: viral load and contact network structure predict SARS-CoV-2 transmission and super-spreading events [LINK] [LINK]

Endothelial Injury and Thrombotic Microangiopathy in COVID-19: Treatment with the Lectin-Pathway Inhibitor Narsoplimab [LINK]

Recovery from COVID-19 in a B-cell-depleted multiple sclerosis patient [LINK]

Clinical Outcomes Associated with Methylprednisolone in Mechanically Ventilated Patients with COVID-19 [LINK]

Emerging Therapeutic Modalities against COVID-19 [LINK]

The virus and the vasculature [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2-related mortality in a rural Latin American population [LINK]

(Press Release) SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: PREDICTIVE IMMUNE MARKERS IN COVID-19 RESPONSE [LINK]

Increased risk of sars-cov-2 infection in staff working across different care homes enchanced covid-19 outbreak investigations in london care homes [LINK]

The PHA4GE SARS-CoV-2 Contextual Data Specification for Open Genomic Epidemiology [LINK]

Cerebrovascular Complications of COVID-19 [LINK]

Engineering human ACE2 to optimize binding to the spike protein of SARS coronavirus 2 [LINK]

Early peak and rapid decline of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in a Swiss metropolitan region [LINK]

Covid 19, addressing our reality and maintaining our resilience [LINK]

A Combination of Ivermectin and Doxycycline Possibly Blocks the Viral Entry and Modulate the Innate Immune Response in COVID-19 Patients [LINK]

COVID-19, SARS AND BATS CORONAVIRUSES GENOMES PECULIAR HOMOLOGOUS RNA SEQUENCES [LINK]

(Press Release) Novavax and Takeda Announce Collaboration for Novavax’ COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate in Japan [LINK]

Successful Elimination of Covid-19 Transmission in New Zealand [LINK]










Masks, Masks, Masks
(Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)

Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech [LINK]

American men are still resisting wearing masks. The problem, experts say, is they’re afraid of looking weak. [LINK]

New KN95 face masks thrown into fire pit at Mission Bay Park, San Diego [LINK]

Hundreds of maskless worshippers attend indoor services at Sun Valley church [LINK]

Edmonton Is Now Handing Out Mask Exemption Cards During Coronavirus [LINK]

Some tourists confused by new COVID-19 mask rules in Paris [LINK]




Back to School

Download a PDF of "LIGHTING OUR WAY FORWARD: North Carolina's Guidebook for Re-opening Schools" [LINK]

School Reopening: Brief Review of Publications (August 2020) [LINK]

Paediatric COVID‐19 admissions in a region with open schools during the two first months of the pandemic [LINK]

Transmission dynamics of SARS‐CoV‐2 within families with children in Greece: a study of 23 clusters [LINK]

COVID-19–Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children — United States, March–July 2020 [LINK]

Teen who shared photo of packed high school hallway says she’s receiving threats [LINK]

Teachers Across the Country Worry About a Rush to Reopen Schools [LINK]

North Paulding High School to shut down for two days to disinfect after reporting 9 COVID-19 cases [LINK]

Serena Williams Helps Donate 4.25 Million Masks to Underserved Schools [LINK]

Coronavirus: How safe is it to return to school? Here are the lessons learnt from other countries | UK News [LINK]

A new look to the school year: Pandemic pods and distance learning [LINK]

Georgia governor rules out requiring masks at public schools [LINK]

Ontario doctors want kids, teachers for study about how COVID-19 spreads in a classroom [LINK]

College Campus COVID cases accelerate while individual college reporting still remains poor [LINK]

Reopening schools too early could spread COVID-19 even faster [LINK]

West Virginia University reports 25 new COVID-19 cases among students since Thursday [LINK]

'Numerous' Central Dauphin athletes test positive for COVID-19, forcing school district to suspend all sports activities (Pennsylvania) [LINK]






COVID-19 in the USA


No Virus Deaths for Days in Colorado [LINK]

Millennials Slammed by Second Financial Crisis Fall Even Further Behind [LINK]

Texas Surpasses 500k COVID-19 Cases, 7-Day Avg Positivity Rate of 20.3% [LINK]

Bill Gates: US only country to have coronavirus 'testing insanity' [LINK]

America's PPE shortage could last years without strategic plan, experts warn [LINK]

Coronavirus US: study shows 97,000 children tested positive in last two weeks of July [LINK]

Exclusive poll: Amid COVID-19, Americans Don’t Care About Climate Change Anymore [LINK]

At least 48 local public health leaders have quit or been fired during pandemic [LINK]

How Texas went from a coronavirus slow burn to an explosive disaster [LINK]





COVID-19 Around the World


Global coronavirus cases hit 20 million: Reuters tally [LINK]

Europeans Say COVID-19 Revealed America as 'Fragile,' Inconsiderate [LINK]

New Zealand marks 100 days with no new COVID-19 cases. Here's how the country stopped the spread [LINK]

Iran shutdown a newspaper after remarks by expert said official figures on cases, deaths in the country account for only 5% of the real toll. [LINK]

East Africa: Covid-19 - U.S. Raises Travel Alert Levels for Kenya, Other East African States [LINK]

A Taiwan health official tried to warn the world about the novel coronavirus. The U.S. didn’t listen. [LINK]

What the rest of the world can learn from South Korea's COVID-19 response [LINK]

WHO director-general says there are ‘green shoots of hope’ in global fight against Covid-19 [LINK]

Coronavirus in Europe: France extends mask use as Greece says it is in second wave | World news [LINK]

Europe lockdown: New coronavirus rules country by country [LINK]

Coronavirus in Israel: 1,085 new diagnoses since midnight [LINK]





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Published at 6:00pm on Monday, August 10, 2020






News and Weather Brieing for Monday, August 10, 2020







OUTLOOK

Daily showers and thunderstorms will steadily become more numerous as the week progresses. High temperatures of a couple degrees above normal early in the week will become near to below normal by the end of the week under considerable cloud cover.

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News Brief



A 5.1 Earthquake in Alleghany County is felt by many across the region. [LINK]
The above image is from the helicorder on Winespring Bald in Macon County.

Macon County to Hold Community Testing in Franklin on Thursday, August 13th.

Macon County Emergency Management and Macon County Public Health will be hosting a COVID-19 testing
clinic for the community in Franklin on August 13th, 2020. The clinic will be held at Macon Middle School from 8AM to 11AM. Persons may get a COVID-19 test regardless of their ability to pay and do not need to schedule an appointment.

WHAT: COVID-19 Testing Clinic
WHEN: August 13th, 2020, 8AM until 11 AM
WHERE: Macon Middle School at 1345 Wells Grove Road


For those who would like to receive a COVID-19 test, you are asked to fill out your paperwork ahead of time, which is available at the following link: https://bit.ly/MaconCoCOVID. You are also asked to bring your insurance card, if you have insurance. There is no cost for a COVID-19 test, with or without insurance.

Governor Extends Safer at Home Order

The Governor has issued Executive Order #155 to keep North Carolina in a Phase II Pandemic Restriction for five more weeks. You can see the news briefing where he made the announcement and read the executive order for yourself in the COVID-19 Update published by Macon Media [LINK]


General Forecast Through Wednesday Night


Today

Patchy fog in the morning. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs ranging from near 70 in the higher elevations to near 80 in the lower elevations. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 80s in the lower elevations. Light winds out of the northwest. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 11am, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with highs ranging from the mid-to-upper 70s in the higher elevations to the mid-to-upper 80s in the lower elevations. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the 60s. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Hazards

Isolated severe storms are possible this afternoon with the main threat being damaging winds and torrential rains.

Tonight through Tuesday

Isolated strong-to-severe storms are possible on Tuesday as a cold front makes its way toward and across the region. Confidence in this forecast is low as early morning convection may hamper the development and strength of the afternoon showers and storms. The main threats will be locally heavy rainfall and isolated damaging winds.

Air Quality



Macon County, including the ridegtops, will be a the lower range of yellow today.



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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)









Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Mon Aug 10 2020

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

1. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in association with a vigorous tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions are expected to be somewhat conducive for additional development to occur, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the disturbance moves generally westward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic. Conditions are forecast to become less conducive for development by the end of the week.

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







End Daily Weather Segment








Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

CDC [LINK]

134,766 Detected Infections
2,160 Reported Deaths


NCDHHS [LINK]

136,218 Detected Infections
1,986,548 Total Tests
1,109 Reported Current Hospitalizations
2,168 Reported Deaths

Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK]

136,346 Detected Infections
2,192 Reported Deaths


North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Data from Macon County Public Health as of Friday afternoon and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to August 7th [LINK


Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting two weekends ago since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.








470 Detected Cases (+1 in one day)
61 Active Positive (-3 in one day)
406 Recovered (+4 in one day)
3 Death1 (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4306 MCPH Tests (+40 in one day)
1548 Tests by Others (+121 in one day)
5854 Total Tests (+161 in one day)
291 Tests Pending Results (+63 in one day)


And here is the weekly Demographic Update from Macon County Public Health released on Wednesday, August 5th. The next demographic update will be on Wednesday, August 6th.






Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK]





Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



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Published at 4:00am Monday, August 10, 2020



Sunday, August 9, 2020

5.1 Quake Hits Near Sparta, North Carolina
Felt by Many Locals



A Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake has struck near Sparta, North Carolina this morning at 8:07am and the shockwave arrived at 8:09am. Many people in the region, including over a dozen people in Macon County have reported feeling the quake.



If you felt this quake, you can report it to the USGS. [LINK


It is not quite as big as the one that hit in the region in 2011 in Virginia. It was a 5.8 Magnitude quake. [LINK] This is the third most powerful quake to hit the east coast region since 1944.

Here is the Helicorder reading of the quake as measured at Lake Jocassee in South Carolina.



**9:39am update**

The USGS has warned there may be aftershocks related to this quake. Here is their forecast:

Be ready for more earthquakes


More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock.


When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater.
The USGS advises everyone to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, especially when in or around vulnerable structures such as unreinforced masonry buildings.


This earthquake could be part of a sequence. An earthquake sequence may have larger and potentially damaging earthquakes in the future, so remember to: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.


What we think will happen next


According to our forecast, over the next 1 Week there is a 4 % chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 5.1. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next 1 Week, with 0 to 57 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks. Magnitude 3 and above are large enough to be felt near the epicenter. The number of aftershocks will drop off over time, but a large aftershock can increase the numbers again, temporarily.

More details about the earthquake forecast are provided in the section “Our detailed aftershock forecast” below.

About this earthquake and related aftershocks
So far in this sequence there have been 0 magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes, which are strong enough to be felt, and 0 magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, which are large enough to do damage.

Our detailed aftershock forecast


The USGS estimates the chance of more aftershocks as follows: Within the next 1 Week until 2020-08-16 13:00:00 (UTC):

The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 3 or higher is 57 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 57 such earthquakes may occur in the case that the sequence is re-invigorated by a larger aftershock.
The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 5 or higher is 5 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 2 such earthquakes may occur.
The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher is 1 in 200, such an earthquake is possible but with a low probability.
The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher is 1 in 2,000, such an earthquake is possible but with a low probability.


About our earthquake forecasts


No one can predict the exact time or place of any earthquake, including aftershocks. Our earthquake forecasts give us an understanding of the chances of having more earthquakes within a given time period in the affected area. We calculate this earthquake forecast using a statistical analysis based on past earthquakes.

Our forecast changes as time passes due to decline in the frequency of aftershocks, larger aftershocks that may trigger further earthquakes, and changes in forecast modeling based on the data collected for this earthquake sequence.




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Published at 9:27am on Sunday, August 9, 2020

Edited at 9:39am to include forecast. 
Other minor grammatical errors in the initial article have been edited.

Friday, August 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Friday, August 7, 2020
Includes Latest Numbers From Macon Public Health







Here is an update for this afternoon on how humanity is dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic that is caused by SARS CoV-2. The story is told through links to news outlets, research papers, and videos. They are presented without comment.

Data from Macon County Public Health as of July 20th and graph by Macon Media of data from May 30th to July 20th [LINK]

Please note there is a gap for Saturdays and Sundays starting this past weekend since the health department will no longer be reporting numbers on those days.





470 Detected Cases (+1 in one day)
61 Active Positive (-3 in one day)
406 Recovered (+4 in one day)
3 Death1 (unchanged)

Testing Data for Macon County

4306 MCPH Tests (+40 in one day)
1548 Tests by Others (+121 in one day)
5854 Total Tests (+161 in one day)
291 Tests Pending Results (+63 in one day)


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Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 97,958 people in North Carolina are infected, 1,629 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 99,778 confirmed cases from 1,394,864 targeted tests, and 1,115 hospitalized and 1,634 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 99,803 people infected and 1,652 deaths.

North Carolina Coronavirus Map and Case Count [LINK]

Infographic from Johns Hopkins University [LINK] https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/37113.html




Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]



Videos


North Carolina Coronavirus Briefing: Dr. Mandy Cohen (08/07/20)




Dr John Campbell

Community testing and diagnosis






MedCram - Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY
At Home, Cheap, COVID-19 Tests with Results in 15 Minutes: How to Fix Testing with Dr. Michael Mina




The Logistics of Covid-19 Testing




The coronavirus is mutating. Now what?




Could an Old Vaccine Help Against COVID-19?




Pandemic plateaus hiring, hurts skilled workers




How long we can expect the U.S. economic catastrophe to endure




US families take part in DIY virus research tests




Buncombe County COVID-19 Community Update (August 6, 2020)

Speakers scheduled today are:

• Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, Buncombe County Medical Director
• Stacie Saunders, Buncombe County Health Director
• Brownie Newman, Chairman – Board of Commissioners
• Fletch Tove – Emergency Preparedness Director




Actualización del Condado de Buncombe el dia 8 de agosto 2020 sobre COVID-19







Sports, Entertainment, Public Transportation, and Other Crowded Venues


Mass gatherings contributed to early COVID-19 mortality [LINK]

Covid-19 Risk Among Airline Passengers: Should the Middle Seat Stay Empty? [LINK]

‘We cannot stop people’: 250,000 are expected at a South Dakota motorcycle rally [LINK]

Priest who blasted 'lukewarm' congregants for not coming to mass over coronavirus fears gets Covid-19 [LINK]

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

LAPD officers accused of defying state order by attending party at bar [LINK]

A cheap, secure and reliable social distancing and contact tracing for workplace [LINK]




Research Papers, Clinical Trials and News About Such


Chinese virologist claims coronavirus derived from 'Zhoushan bat virus' | Taiwan News [LINK]

Serum Institute to price Covid-19 vaccine at $3 per dose for India and lower middle income nations [LINK]

World's first Covid-19 vaccine to be registered next week by Russia: Report [LINK]

Fast, cheap tests could enable safer reopening [LINK]

COVID-19: Immune system derails [LINK]

Is Higher Viral Load in SARS-CoV-2 Associated With Death? [LINK]

Comparison of Face-Touching Behaviors Before and During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic [LINK]

Changes in the Number of US Patients With Newly Identified Cancer Before and During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic [LINK]

Swab-Seq: A high-throughput platform for massively scaled up SARS-CoV-2 testing [LINK]

First-in-Human Trial of a SARS CoV 2 Recombinant Spike Protein Nanoparticle Vaccine [LINK]

Elevated calprotectin and abnormal myeloid cell subsets discriminate severe from mild COVID-19 [LINK]

Hydroxychloroquine with or without Azithromycin in Mild-to-Moderate Covid-19 [LINK]

The Viral Loads of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers Are Surprisingly High, Study Reveals [LINK]

UV Light Wands Are Supposed to Kill Viruses. But Do They Really Work? [LINK]

How COVID-19 might increase risk of memory loss and cognitive decline [LINK]




Masks, Masks, Masks
(Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)


I spent all day in an N95 face mask to see if it’s as dangerous as anti-maskers say [LINK]

Are there medical reasons to not wear a mask? Yes, but not many [LINK]

Covid 19 coronavirus: Why you're hearing more about masks (New Zealand) [LINK]

Use of facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic [LINK]

[Oxford University] Social Media Junk News on Hydroxychloroquine and Trust in Science: Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing 03-08-2020 [LINK]

Mask Video Seminar from Dr John Campbell

To mask or not to mask (April 7th))




Scientific evidence for mask wearing (May 22nd)




Venezuela Is Forcing People Who Are Caught Not Wearing Masks Into Hard Labor [LINK]

People Who Wear COVID-19 Masks Touch Their Faces Less — That’s a Good Thing [LINK]

COVID-19 cases declining in Alabama after mask mandate [LINK]

Extra credit for masks? With no mandates at their schools, teachers urge students to wear them [LINK]

Vietnam's CDC - Ho Chi Minh City: From August 5, not wearing a mask in public places will be fined [LINK]

Nashville police pledge mask order enforcement, make arrest [LINK]




Back to School

Download a PDF of "LIGHTING OUR WAY FORWARD: North Carolina's Guidebook for Re-opening Schools" [LINK


North Carolina reports first death tied to child care COVID-19 cluster [LINK]

Stepwise School Opening Online and Off-line and an Impact on the Epidemiology of COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population [LINK]

Mississippi teacher's death during first week of school stokes COVID-19 fears [LINK]

[Mississippi] Within 11 days of schools opening, dozens of students and teachers have gotten COVID-19: 'I truly wish we'd kept our children home' [LINK]

Virus keeps spreading as schools begin to open, frightening parents and alarming public health officials [LINK]

Florida High School coach in medically-induced coma, battling COVID-19 [LINK]

“I'm sure two years from now, we're going to look back and say, 'what fools we were,'” Jonesboro School Superintendent (Arkansas) [LINK]

Alabama HS football team, band under quarantine [LINK]



COVID-19 in the USA


Fauci's DC neighbors put up 'thank you' signs in their yards [LINK]

COVID-19 causing more stress in America than other nations, survey shows [LINK]

Hawaii is at 53% on ICU and reinstating lockdown [LINK]

California couple married 35 years die from COVID-19 11 days apart [LINK]

Canadian dies after being held in U.S. immigration detention centre with COVID-19 outbreak [LINK]

Florida man who visited wife for last goodbye dies of coronavirus [LINK]

Drive-through U.S. citizenship ceremony amid coronavirus [LINK]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive, Then Negative For COVID-19 [LINK]

The other people facing housing woes amid pandemic: Mom and pop landlords [LINK]

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’ [LINK]




COVID-19 Around the World


COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm? [LINK]

High seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in elderly care employees in Sweden [LINK]

100 days without Covid-19: How New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world [LINK]

'We're still so tired': Europe's doctors brace for second Covid-19 wave [LINK]

Japan in deals with AstraZeneca, Novavax for COVID-19 vaccines [LINK]

Vietnam PM says risk of widespread Covid-19 infection 'very high' [LINK]

Thailand: More returnees from US infected [LINK]

How India got to two million Covid-19 cases [LINK]

Japan provides Avigan tablets to Philippines for possible COVID-19 treatment [LINK]

Philippines likely to become South-east Asia's coronavirus hot spot [LINK]

'A serious problem': Asymptomatic cases may place Indonesia at 1m infections [LINK]

How Covid worsened hunger in India, the world’s largest food basket [LINK]

Jakarta sees rising COVID-19 hospitalizations [LINK]

President Giammattei says coronavirus in Guatemala "is now the people's problem" (translation in reply) [LINK]

Don't go to Mexico, says US Gov. due to Covid Outbreak. [LINK]





COVID-19 Coverage from Macon Media
(in reverse chronological order)



COVID-19 Update for Thursday, August 6, 2020 [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Governor Extends Phase II Pandemic Restrictions for Five More Weeks [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 [LINK]






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Published at 6:00pm on Friday, August 7, 2020