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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, November 25, 2020



OUTLOOK

A return to unsettled weather is expected through early Thanksgiving Day as a weakening cold front pushes through the region. A stronger system approaching from the west may support a threat for heavy rain by Sunday into Monday.

News Flash

Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020 [LINK]



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General forecast through Tuesday night


Franklin area

Today

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then showers likely. Patchy fog. Lows around 50. Calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Friday Night

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

Highlands area

Today

A chance of rain before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 2pm, then rain likely after 2pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs near 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely. Patchy fog. Lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 602. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Otto area

Today

A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7am. Cloudy, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then showers likely. Patchy fog. Lows around 50. Light winds out of the southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Thanksgiving Day

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the morning. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Friday Night

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

Nantahala area

Today

A slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the south 5 to10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then showers likely. Patchy fog. Lows in the lower 50s. Light winds out of the south. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Light winds out of the northwest.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not expected today.


News Brief





Air quality is in the upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be Lows (1.2 out of 12) with mixed traces being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (0 o3ut of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 25th

Highest Temperature 76°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1973
Lowsest Temperature -3°F in Highlands in 1950
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.64 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 1964 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.0 inches in Nantahala in 1939





TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Wed Nov 25 2020

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

1. A low pressure area located along a frontal system more than 400 miles southeast of Bermuda is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, mainly east of its center. The low is expected to interact with an upper-level trough later today, detach from the front by Thursday, and then possibly acquire subtropical characteristics on Friday while it moves southward over warmer waters. For more information on this system, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

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







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Published at 4:50am Wednesday, November 25, 2020


COVID-19 Briefing for 11-25-2020



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.



COVID-19 Numbers from Macon County Public Health

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 May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media.

Cases

914 Detected
(+5 from Tuesday and +48 from last Monday and +166 in four weeks)

54 Active

(unchanged from Tuesday and -5 from last Monday and +24 in four weeks)

851 Recovered
(+4 from Tuesday and +4 from last Monday and +140 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +1 from last Monday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Tuesday and +62 from last Monday and +562 in four weeks)

3748 by Others
(+83 from Tuesday and +281 from last Monday and +866 in four weeks)

10631 total
(+83 from Tuesday and +343 from last Monday and +1428 in four weeks)

71 tests pending results
(-19 from Tuesday and -58 from last Monday and -19 in four weeks)
















Videos



Explaining North Carolina, Greensboro’s mask restrictions



MedCram Coronavirus Update 118: AstraZeneca DNA COVID 19 Vaccine Explained (vs. Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna)





JAMA Network Coronavirus Update With Nicholas Christakis - November 23rd







Stories About Vaccines




Coronavirus mRNA vaccines won't just end the pandemic. They could change vaccines forever [LINK]

CDC director: COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out second week in December [LINK]

Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic? [LINK]

UPS stepping up dry ice production, freezers for vaccines [LINK]

Why Oxford’s positive COVID vaccine results are puzzling scientists [LINK]

Second interim analysis of clinical trial data showed a 91.4% efficacy for the Sputnik V vaccine on day 28 after the first dose; vaccine efficacy is over 95% 42 days after the first dose (Press Release) [LINK]

With more data on its COVID-19 vaccine, Russian institute offers new evidence of success [LINK]

Ford orders 12 ultra-cold freezers to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to employees [LINK]

'Essential workers' likely to get earlier access to Covid-19 vaccine - STAT [LINK]

China Vaccine Maker Applies for Public Use of Covid Shot [LINK]

Initial Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Go To States Based On Population, Not Risk [LINK]

How South Korea’s Flu Vaccine Scare Offers Lessons for Other Nations [LINK]




Research Papers, Clinical Trials, Vaccines, and News About Testing




Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News? [LINK]

Daily COVID-19 Data Is About to Get Weird The upcoming holiday means that many COVID-19 metrics are going to drop—and then rise—in ways that may trip up unsuspecting observers. Here’s what to watch out for. [LINK]

Rite Aid to start charging $115 per COVID-19 test from Dec. 1 as federal funding ends [LINK]

A Randomized Trial of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Severe Pneumonia [LINK]

Healthcare workers hospitalized due to COVID-19 have no higher risk of death than general population. Data from the Spanish SEMI-COVID-19 Registry. [LINK]

Ivermectin as an adjunct treatment for hospitalized adult COVID-19 patients: A randomized multi-center clinical trial [LINK]

Potential Role of Xylitol Plus Grapefruit Seed Extract Nasal Spray Solution in COVID-19: Case Series [LINK]

Antigen rapid tests, nasopharyngeal PCR and saliva PCR to detect SARS-CoV-2: a prospective comparative clinical trial [LINK]

ASH Guidelines on Use of Anticoagulation in Patients with COVID-19 [LINK]

Symptoms associated with a positive result for a swab for SARS-CoV-2 infection among children in Alberta [LINK]

Correlation of D-xylose with severity and morbidity-related factors of COVID-19 and possible therapeutic use of D-xylose and antibiotics for COVID-19 [LINK]

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the craft and manual worker population of Qatar [LINK]

What the science says about COVID-sniffing dogs [LINK]

Data show hospitalized Covid-19 patients are surviving at higher rates, but surge in cases could roll back gains [LINK]


Medical Professionals and the Medical Impact of COVID-19



St. Louis doctor simulates the final moments of a COVID-19 death in viral post [LINK]

Three Important Questions About COVID-19 [LINK]

COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be Stopped if at Least 70% of the Public Wore Face Masks Consistently [LINK]

“We are tired of watching people die,” Colorado ICU nurse exhausted as hospitals are filling up [LINK]

Nearly 300 Wisconsin nursing home residents died from COVID-19 in four weeks, 10 times more than the month before [LINK]

It’s 2:30 a.m. in Wyoming: ‘You’re holding a smartphone to let a husband say goodbye to his wife via FaceTime after 60 years of marriage’ [LINK]

‘Florida is a hot mess’: Nurses union raises alarm as coronavirus spreads [LINK]

Iowa hospitals will see 'New York City-style collapse' says epidemiologist [LINK]

'No end in sight': Inside Covid-hit rural America [LINK]

Arizona nearing ICU capacity, reports that some hospitals have none left [LINK]

Inside a Missouri ICU as It Battles COVID-19 Surge [LINK]

Coronavirus Outbreak at Massachusetts Assisted Living Facility Kills 6; 70 Test Positive [LINK]

COVID-19 long haulers are developing debilitating, chronic condition called POTS [LINK]

‘A shadow of what I was’: COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ shed light on brain-related symptoms [LINK]

New mom off ventilator, out of hospital and warning others about COVID-19 [LINK]



COVID-19 in the USA



More than 88,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 across America [LINK]

Answers to Every Possible Pandemic-Thanksgiving Question There is no perfectly safe way to gather. That said, here’s how to make the holiday less dangerous. [LINK]

Nearly 2,100 died of covid-19 in U.S. on Tuesday, deadliest day since early summer [LINK]

Fauci warns of 'stunning number of deaths'; masks will be part of our lives for many months. [LINK]

Analysis | The Health 202: Coronavirus survival rates in the United States haven't improved since the summer [LINK]

Shopper who asked women to wear masks in store is shot in parking lot, Ohio cops say [LINK]

YouTube suspends OANN for a week after it posted fake Covid-19 cure [LINK]

Chances somebody at your Thanksgiving table has COVID-19? Maybe as high as 50% or more [LINK]

New model projects COVID-19 cases in the US will nearly double over next 2 months [LINK]

They had coronavirus. Now they’re showing up at memory clinics with serious cognitive loss [LINK]

Florida bar shuts down after hundreds of patrons gather without masks or social distancing [LINK]

Officials tell public to stay home. Is anyone listening? [LINK]

Majority want their states to stay open amid coronavirus surge: poll [LINK]

New Mexico Legislature passes $330 million virus relief bill [LINK]

Senators urge Pentagon to test all service members, families for coronavirus [LINK]

Thanksgiving air travel is way down from 2019 — but still too high, officials say [LINK]

Sanford replaces CEO after controversial email about masks [LINK]



COVID-19 Around the World



Pope Francis takes aim at anti-mask protestors: ‘They are incapable of moving outside of their own little world’ [LINK]

Sweden Sees No Signs So Far Herd Immunity Is Stopping Virus [LINK]

China beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism [LINK]

COVID vaccine proof needed to enter Australia when travel resumes [LINK]

France to end second lockdown after three weeks [LINK]

Best-case scenario for Tokyo Olympics is ‘venues full of spectators’ [LINK]

Woman refusing to wear mask arrested at a B.C. thrift store (Canada) [LINK]

Japan fights coronavirus in luxurious style with million-yen masks [LINK]

Movie Theaters in France to reopen with Strict Curfew measures as the nation gears up to lift off lockdown restrictions [LINK]



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Published at 4:22am on Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, November 24, 2020



OUTLOOK

A return to unsettled weather is expected Wednesday into early Thanksgiving Day as a weakening cold front pushes through the region. A stronger system approaching from the west may support a threat for heavy rain by Sunday.

News Flash

Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020 [LINK]



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General forecast through Tuesday night


Franklin area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-30s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers. Lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Highlands area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near the upper 40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph.



Wednesday Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with highs near the upper 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40.

Otto area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain before 7am, then showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with highs near the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers. Lows around 50. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with highs near the upper 60s. Winds out of the west 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Mostly sunny, with highs near the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lowss in the mid-to-upper 30s. Light winds out of the southeast.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near the mid-50s. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night

Showers. Lows around 50. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.


HAZARDS



Hazardous weather is not expected today.






COVID-19 Briefing

The Macon Media COVID-19 Briefing, aka the COVID Linkapalooza [LINK]

Air Quality





Air quality is in the upper range of green today for all elevations.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be Lows (1.5 out of 12) with mixed traces being the main culprit. Tomorrow is expected to be lower (1.2 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County for November 24th

Highest Temperature 77°F in Franklin in 1973
Lowsest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1970
Greatest One-Day Rainfall 2.56 inches in Highlands in 1983 Greatest One-Day Snowfall 4.0 inches in Highlands in 1981





TROPICAL WEATHER
(The North Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to Nov 30th)


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
100 AM EST Tue Nov 24 2020

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

1. A broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles south of Bermuda continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms, Strong upper-level winds are expected to inhibit development of the system for the next day or so after the low merges with a frontal system. By late Wednesday or Thursday, the system could become separated from the front, allowing it to possibly develop some subtropical characteristics while it meanders over the central Atlantic.

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







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Published at 6:30am Tuesday, November 24, 2020


COVID-19 Update for 11-24-2020
Ninth Death in Macon County Reported



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.


Most Interesting

Social Media and the New World of Scientific Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic [LINK]

COVID-19 Vaccine Info - a nice little quick-reference resource of FAQs about the vaccine - Truth Flies - November 23, 2020 [LINK]

What It Means When Hospitals Say They Have To Ration Care [LINK]

Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients To The Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity [LINK]





COVID-19 Numbers from Macon County Public Health

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 May 30, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to Macon Media. 

Macon County Public Health reported a ninth death due to COVID-19 in Macon County occurred over the weekend. The deceased was over 65 years of age.

Macon County Public Schools announced more cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the school system. The victims are isolating and contact tracing is underway.

Highlands-1 
Macon Middle School-2
Franklin High School-1 
Macon County Schools Support Staff-1


Cases

909 Detected
(+18 from Thursday and +44 from last Friday and +162 in four weeks)

54 Active
(+5 from Thursday and -11 from last Friday and +17 in four weeks)

847 Recovered
(+13 from Thursday and +55 from last Friday and +144 in four weeks)

9 Deaths
(+1 from Thursday and +1 from last Friday and +2 in four weeks)

Testing

6883 by MCPH
(unchanged from Thursday and +62 from last Friday and +562 in four weeks)

3665 by Others
(+25 from Thursday and +198 from last Friday and +856 in four weeks)

10548 total
(+25 from Thursday and +260 from last Friday and +1418 in four weeks)

90 tests pending results
(-107 from Thursday and -43 from last Friday and -42 in four weeks)
















Videos




Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (11/23/20)



Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020 [LINK]


Dr John Campbell: MMR vaccine and COVID immunity





Dr John Campbell: Second Vitamin D clinical trial, positive results






Stories About Vaccines




The last mile for Covid-19 Vaccines: Updates from Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford, AstraZeneca [LINK]

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: MHRA statement confirming data received [LINK]

Qantas will ban travellers who don't have the COVID vaccine — can other businesses follow suit? [LINK]

Oxford/AZ Vaccine Efficacy Data [LINK]

Butantan vaccine reaches the final stage (Press Release) [LINK]

Functional SARS-CoV-2-specific immune memory persists after mild COVID-19 [LINK]

AZD1222 vaccine met primary efficacy endpoint in preventing COVID-19 (Press Release) [LINK]

Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park' [LINK]

Bill Gates: 'Almost all' coronavirus vaccines will work by February [LINK]

Oxford Covid vaccine hit 90% success rate thanks to dosing error | Guardian [LINK]

Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too [LINK]

Rich countries grab half of projected covid-19 vaccine supply [LINK]

Moderna to file COVID-19 shot for emergency nod in November, with Pfizer rollout pegged for early next month: Slaoui [LINK]

Gov. Greg Abbott says COVID-19 vaccine will go to health care workers, vulnerable Texans first [LINK]

[LINK]

Qantas will ban travellers who don't have the COVID vaccine — can other businesses follow suit? [LINK]




Research Papers, Clinical Trials, Vaccines, and News About Testing




SARS-CoV-2 Reinfection in Patients Negative for Immunoglobulin G Following Recovery from COVID-19 [LINK]

Complete mapping of mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain that escape antibody recognition [LINK]

Study shows cloth face coverings help protect both wearers and those nearby [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2 concentrations and virus-laden aerosol size distributions in outdoor air in north and south of Italy [LINK]

Antibody persistency and dynamic trend after SARS-CoV-2 infection over 8 months [LINK]

Vitamin D Mitigates COVID-19, Say 40+ Patient Studies (listed at the link) – Yet BAME, Elderly, Care-homers, and Obese are still ‘D’ deficient, thus at greater COVID-19 risk - WHY? [LINK]

Myocardial Injury in Severe COVID-19 Compared to Non-COVID Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome [LINK]

Cohort study to evaluate the effect of vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin B12 in combination on progression to severe outcomes in older patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) [LINK]

Dosing of thromboprophylaxis and mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients [LINK]

Antibody response patterns in COVID-19 patients with different levels of disease severity-Japan [LINK]

Stable neutralizing antibody levels six months after mild and severe COVID-19 episode [LINK]

Diagnosis, Management, and Pathophysiology of Arterial and Venous Thrombosis in COVID-19 [LINK]

Potential Detrimental Role of Soluble ACE2 in Severe COVID-19 Comorbid Patients [LINK]

A repurposed, blood gene signature is associated with poor outcomes in SARS-CoV-2 [LINK]

N439K variant in spike protein may alter the infection efficiency and antigenicity of SARS-CoV-2 based on molecular dynamics simulation [LINK]

Camostat Mesylate May Reduce Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Sepsis: A First Observation [LINK]

SARS-CoV-2 concentrations and virus-laden aerosol size distributions in outdoor air in north and south of Italy [LINK]



Medical Professionals and the Medical System



70-Year-Old Nurse Who Came Out of Retirement to Teach Nursing Students, Dies of COVID-19 [LINK]

Montreal paramedics told not to do CPR on some patients for months due to COVID-19 risks [LINK]

What It Means When Hospitals Say They Have To Ration Care [LINK]

Physicians to strike, citing inadequate PPE and no breaks | HeraldNet.com [LINK]

Dallas ER Doctor: ‘We’re Getting About 30% Positivity’ Rate In COVID-19 Testing; Sees No Relief Until Spring 2021 [LINK]



COVID-19 in the USA



Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients To The Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity [LINK]

Politicizing masks ‘is like politicizing toilet paper,’ PEOTUS coronavirus adviser says [LINK]

Statewide mask mandates help businesses stay alive, Utah study finds [LINK]

Every U.S. state, except Hawaii, is now classified as having "uncontrolled spread" of COVID-19 [LINK]

[LINK]

Man leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for virus [LINK]

Colorado order allows hospitals to stop admitting, transfer patients when at capacity due to COVID-19 [LINK]

Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020 (North Carolina) [LINK]
[LINK]

DC Council to make final vote on bill that would allow minors to get vaccines without parental consent [LINK]

‘All People’ Should Avoid Cruise Ships, CDC Warns [LINK]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Family Quarantining After 3 Kids Exposed To Coronavirus [LINK]

Kansas man didn’t believe in COVID. Now he’s had a tracheotomy — and change of heart [LINK]

You can get arrested for not wearing a face mask in Boise, Idaho [LINK]

Maine DHHS issues guidance on face covering enforcement: Maine attorney general reminds public that those who defy face covering order can be charged criminally [LINK]

L.A. mayor urges people to stay home for Thanksgiving, announces fine for travelers who fail to acknowledge state advisory [LINK]

Millions Of Americans Traveling For Thanksgiving, Ignoring CDC Advice [LINK]

Americans are scared and weary as COVID-19 cases soar. They're also resilient. [LINK]

Ohio's coronavirus hospitalizations have increased 59% in just two weeks [LINK]

Buffalo Bills TE Tommy Sweeney out for rest of season with heart inflammation issue linked to COVID-19 [LINK]

Group Gathers Outside Sununu’s Home to Protest Mask Mandate in New Hampshire [LINK]



COVID-19 Around the World



The world's largest maker of latex gloves will shut more than half of its factories after almost 2,500 employees tested positive for coronavirus [LINK]

Shanghai Covid outbreak 'traced to cargo from North America' [LINK]

Surge in coronavirus cases forces Sweden to rethink strategy [LINK]

Sao Paulo expects Brazil regulator to OK Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by January [LINK]

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Published at 5:00am on Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Governor Cooper Extends Phase 3 Pandemic Restrictions to December 11, 2020



On Monday, November 23, 2020, the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, signed Executive Order #180, extending the Phase 3 pandemic restrictions in the state from Wednesday, November 23, 2020, to Friday, December 11, 2020. 

This was due to several metrics that were showing trends of increase in the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and COVID-like illnesses in the state. A video of the Coronavirus taskforce briefing in which he and the Director of Health and Human Services, Mandy Cohen, spoke and explained the situation in the state and the metrics used to determine what actions if any were needed. 

Mandy Cohen also reviewed the newly introduced the County Alert System intended to assist local leaders in taking actions in their area of jurisdiction. The Mayor of Greensboro, Nancy Vaughan, spoke about the restrictions and methods of enforcement her local government was using to ensure compliance.

An excerpt from the Executive Order is posted below, as well as a press release from the Governor's Office and copies of the slides are below the press release:

"In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household. 

The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter."

Executive Order #180 [PDF]



Coronavirus Briefing: NC Gov. Roy Cooper (11/23/20)





Press Release
North Carolina Governor's Office
November 23, 2020



Governor Roy Cooper today issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, November 25 and runs through Friday, December 11. 

"I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger," Governor Cooper said. "This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many."

In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household. 

The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter. 

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, updated North Carolina’s COVID-19 County Alert System map due to the rapid rise in cases and hospitalization over the past week. Since introducing the system last week, ten more counties have moved into the red category indicating critical community spread. There are now 20 red counties and 42 orange counties. Read the update to see where each county stands and how the system was designed.

“The coming weeks will be a true test of our resolve to do what it takes to keep people from getting sick, to save lives, and to make sure that if you need hospital care whether it’s for a heart attack or a car accident or COVID-19, you can get it,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan spoke at today’s press conference to discuss what the city of Greensboro is doing to step up enforcement of existing, strong statewide safety rules. State officials have encouraged local governments to take action to require compliance and help lower COVID-19 numbers. 

Dr. Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is increasing.

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is increasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is increasing slightly.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is increasing.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.

Testing

  • Testing capacity is high.

Tracing Capability

  • The state is continuing to hire contact tracers to bolster the efforts of local health departments.
  • There have been more than 430,000 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.

Read Executive Order 180.

Read a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Order. 

Read the slides from today’s briefing.