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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, April 8, 2020




OUTLOOK

Warm conditions will linger today, south of a weak stationary front and ahead of an approaching strong cold front. The cold front will cross our area from the northwest on Thursday morning, with cooler high pressure spreading over the region for Friday and Saturday. Low pressure with abundant moisture is expected to affect our region on Sunday and Monday.

BURN BAN

A ban on open burning in the 32 western counties of North Carolina is in effect until further notice. [LINK]



GENERAL FORECAST THROUGH FRIDAY

Today

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs ranging from the upper 60s to near 80. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.

Tonight

Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday

Partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-50s to the lower 60s. Winds out of the northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy. Much cooler with lows ranging from near freezing to the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Friday

Sunny. Highs ranging from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the morning.

Friday Night

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 30s.


HAZARDS

More severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon over the higher terrain. The storms should dissipate this evening, but another round of strong to severe thunderstorms may reach the mountains from the west in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning. These storms could produce more severe weather across the mountains through the middle part of the day on Thursday as a cold front moves through.

A burn ban is in effect until further notice. [LINK]

Please continue observing the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order, and practicing social distancing if you come out for supplies, exercise or other reasons listed in the Executive Order. [LINK]


COVID-19 Update







The CDC website [LINK] reports 2,870 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 3,221 cases, 354 hospitalized and 40 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 3,347 people infected and 58 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

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


Official Sources

How to Protect Yourself & Others [LINK]

World Health Organization Media Briefing



White House Briefing



North Carolina Briefing

English


Spanish



Data for the chart from John Hopkins CCSE regarding North Carolina [LINK]

Regional News

Early Testing At Folk School May Have Stopped COVID-19 Spread In WNC [LINK


Swain County Imposes Curfew [LINK]

New Covid-19 model: 750,000 possible NC cases, restrictions might be needed for two months [LINK]

APD says vacation rental broke coronavirus order; arrest warrant issued for Shawn Johnson [LINK]

State report suggests social distancing may be needed through May [LINK]

North Carolina COVID-19 Modeling Shows Social Distancing Necessary to Slow the Spread and Preserve Hospital Capacity to Save Lives [LINK]



Video Updates


How to Help Your Hospital (Fight COVID-19 Locally) - Smarter Every Day 233



Dr. John Campbell

To mask or not to mask



Intensive care report


Coronavirus Pandemic Update 51: State by State Projections; Ultrasound to Diagnose COVID19 Pneumonia


MedCram.com COVID-19 Video Series [
LINK




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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Tuesday, April 7 ,2020







OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front will remain to our north through mid-week. A strong cold front will cross our area from the northwest on Thursday, with cooler high pressure spreading over the region for Friday and Saturday. Low pressure with abundant moisture could affect our region on Sunday and Monday.

BURN BAN

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GENERAL FORECAST THROUGH THURSDAY

Today

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, some could be severe. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Wednesday

Partly sunny. A chance of rain in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the upper 60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain 50 percent.

Thursday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Cooler with lows ranging from near freezing to the upper 30s.

HAZARDS

A few severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening. Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms may reach the mountains late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning before weakening.

A burn ban is in effect until further notice. [LINK]

Please continue observing the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order, and practicing social distancing if you come out for supplies, exercise or other reasons listed in the Executive Order. [LINK]


COVID-19 Update
The complete COVID-19 Morning Update is also available [LINK]



The CDC website [LINK] reports 2,870 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 2,870 cases, 27 hospitalized and 33 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 3,054 people infected and 50 deaths.

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

VIDEO BRIEFINGS

World Health Organization
(there was no briefing for April 4th or 5th, so here is the one from April 3rd)



White House Coronavirus Task Force



North Carolina
(there was no briefing Saturday or Sunday, so here is the one from Friday)

English



Spanish


Sunday 5th April, Global Update


April 4th, Disease Spread and Contagion







Published at 5:00am on Monday, April 6, 2020



COVID-19 Update for Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Morning Edition




Several curated videos and links to articles are posted below to allow you to follow the course of humanity's response to this global pandemic.

ABOVE THE FOLD

Stark photos show miles-long row of cars waiting outside a Florida food bank as demand surges by 600 percent and more than half-a-million residents file for unemployment [LINK]

UK PM spends night in intensive care with coronavirus [LINK]

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COVID-19 Update for April 7th



The CDC website [LINK] reports 2,870 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 2,870 cases, 27 hospitalized and 33 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 3,054 people infected and 50 deaths.

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



GOOD NEWS

A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing [LINK]

Bill Gates to Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development [LINK]

Los Angeles Opens Coronavirus Testing to Anyone, Not Just People Most at Risk [LINK]

Dr. Anthony Fauci applauds Iowa's coronavirus mitigation response: 'Doing a very good job' [LINK]



THE FALLEN

Those We’ve Lost: This series tells the stories of people who have died of the coronavirus. [LINK]




GENERAL ARTICLES


Grocery Workers Are Beginning To Die Of Coronavirus [LINK]

Wife of Alton mayor caught at party at bar, violating stay-at-home order, police say [LINK]

NYPD: 19.3% of department on sick report; 2,228 members test positive for coronavirus [LINK]

Face masks ‘should be a national mandate,’ virologist says [LINK]

You can’t use ventilators without sedatives. Now the US is running out of those, too [LINK]

Staff of overrun N.J. hospital breaks down in tears after EMS comes to its rescue [by volunteering to fill in as temporary staff] [LINK]




(VIDEO) Update from Dr John Campbell

Monday 6th April, Global update



Basic but essential knowledge




Coronavirus Pandemic Update 50: Dip in Daily New Deaths; Research on Natural Killer Cells & COVID-19






Around the World

Italy is preparing countrywide "immunity testing" so that people with antibodies can go back to work [LINK] (Italian)

Italian mayor uses drones to scream profanities at residents ignoring lockdown [LINK]

India Cuts Off U.S. from Nearly Half of Its Hydroxychloroquine Supply [LINK]

India to export ant-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on case by case basis [LINK]



Some Swedish hospitals have stopped using chloroquine to treat COVID-19 after reports of severe side effects [LINK]

Stones Thrown At Karnataka Cops For Stopping Prayer Meet During Lockdown [LINK]


Economic Impact

Walmart employee’s family files wrongful death lawsuit after man dies of coronavirus complications [LINK]

The World Has Enough Money to Cope with COVID-19 in Offshore Accounts [LINK]

Spain To Roll Out Permanent Universal Basic Income ‘Soon’ [LINK]

Japan's economy has been dealt the 'final blow' by the coronavirus pandemic, says analyst [LINK]






COVID-19 Update Archive

April 2020

04-06 [AFTERNOON UPDATE]
04-05 [NEWS AND WEATHER]
04-04 [NEWS AND WEATHER]
04-03 [NEWS AND WEATHER]
04-02 [LINK]
04-01 [LINK]


March 2020

03-31 [LINK]
03-30 [LINK]
03-29 [LINK]
03-28 [LINK]
03-27 [LINK]
03-26 [LINK]






Published at 6:00am on Tuesday, April 7, 2020



Monday, April 6, 2020

Macon County Sheriff Investigating Violations Involving Short-Term Rentals During Pandemic Restrictions






STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
General Court of Justice
Forty-Third Prosecutorial District

PRESS RELEASE
ASHLEY HORNSBY WELCH
DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
April 6, 2020



Sheriff Robert Holland has directed his officers to investigate allegations of possible violations involving short-term rentals. Commissioners forbid most short-term rentals or leases to counter the spread of coronavirus, beginning March 27. Owners cannot allow visitors for less than 28 days, or for more than 28 days if the rentals are not occupied on a consistent basis. “We can’t allow people to refuse to protect their neighbors,” Holland said Monday.

There are exceptions to the local law.

Rental owners are allowed to provide shelter for medical personnel, emergency workers, construction workers and more. Go to maconcountync.org and click on “Macon County supplemental proclamation of State of Emergency” for a complete list.

As of Monday, Macon County had one case of confirmed COVID-19 involving a full-time resident and two confirmed cases involving nonresidents. There has been one coronavirus-connected death.
District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said her office intends to vigorously prosecute anyone charged with violating short-term rental restrictions.

The penalty is a class-two misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of up to 60 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

“Local leaders are trying to provide protections for the good of all residents during this national, regional and community crisis,” Welch said Monday. “The unlawful and selfish actions of just a few could have enormous negative health consequences for many.”

Call Macon County Sheriff’s Office at 349-2104 to report possible short-term visitation violations.
Additionally, visitors to Macon County are requested to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. They are encouraged to read the “State of Emergency” orders, also at www. maconnc.org, for recommendations connected with the coronavirus threat.


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Published at 4:50pm on Monday, April 6, 2020



COVID-19 Update: Afternoon Edition
Monday, April 6, 2020





Afternoon COVID-19 Update
April 6, 2020


As time allows, an update on the current pandemic will be published in the afternoon between 2pm and 4pm and another in the morning between 4am and 8am.


NYC LockDown COVID19 4k



COVID-19 is a Black Swan [LINK]


A video essay about human resilience

Contagion – Anatomy of a Global Pandemic


More videos from "Like Stories of Old" [LINK]



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Dr. John Campbell

Monday 6th April, Global update



Ex-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies after being diagnosed with coronavirus [LINK]

Positive News

Bill Gates to Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development [LINK]

Allstate to Return $600 Million in Auto Premiums to Customers as Pandemic Cuts Driving [LINK]

Rhode Island launches drive-through testing for Coronavirus with 15 minute results [LINK]

Official Sources

CDC report shows the % of deaths due to pneumonia not associated with flu has increased sharply since the end of February [LINK]

World Health Organization Media Briefing



Regional Coverage

Burning banned in South Carolina because of impact it has on coronavirus patients [LINK]

Buncombe County

Coronavirus and the WNC outdoors: Your questions answered [LINK]

Buncombe County Partnership for Children request materials to protect essential staff [LINK]



Watauga County

Winter Farmers’ Market Opened Saturday with a New Outdoor Setting [LINK]

Coping with COVID-19: Mental health during a pandemic [LINK]


Haywood County

Dogwood Health Trust responds to COVID-19 [LINK]

County confirms third coronavirus case [LINK]

Henderson County

Coronavirus by the numbers: Three deaths in Henderson County; NC has 2,870 cases [LINK]

Jackson County

Jackson County increases restrictions on travel and business amid COVID-19 concerns [LINK]

Pandemic could put brakes on road work [LINK]

WCU brings much-needed surgical masks to area [LINK]



Macon County


Press Release
Macon County Public Health
11:22am on Monday, April 6, 2020

Macon County Reports First 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 medical conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

“Our deepest sympathies are with the family and loved ones at this time. We want to reiterate the importance of citizens staying home and practicing social distancing until further direction from our government and health leadership”, stated Carmine Rocco, Macon County Interim Health Director.

Mr. Rocco continued, “Our message to those who are full-time residents, part-time residents, or visiting Macon County: Stay at home. Stay safe. Practice social distancing. Quarantine if you have travelled. Limit your trips outside of your home to necessities.”



Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, and 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 8:00am – 5:00pm, until further notice.

###END PRESS RELEASE###


Macon reports first death related to COVID-19 [LINK]

Community gets creative trying to stay connected ‘from a safe distance’ [LINK]

Macon County Government Wants Residents Protected! [LINK]

Stay at home [LINK]

Swain County

Swain County COVID-19 status update Friday [LINK]

Cherokee Indian Hospital starting drive-thru COVID-19 testing  [LINK]



Videos


What If the COVID-19 Pandemic Lasts 18 Months or More?


U.S. Military responds to ‘severe threat’ posed by COVID-19


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update


NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Holds Coronavirus Briefing | NBC News



Safety

Chemicals safety watchdog: Don't use spirits for home-made hand disinfectant
General hardware and retail store Biltema has reported a brisk trade in methylated spirits in February and March. [LINK]

General Articles

Fighting Coronavirus with Big Data [LINK]

Temporary Burials Possible for COVID-19 Victims, But NYC Park Trenches Plan Denied: Levine – NBC New York - Apr. 6, 2020 [LINK]

How New York City’s Emergency Ventilator Stockpile Ended Up on the Auction Block [LINK]

WHO director faces growing calls to resign over handling of coronavirus [LINK]


Dr Drew Uses Copyright Claim to Takedown Supercut of Him Downplaying COVID-19 [LINK]

18 Doctors in the residency program at Keio University Hospital, Tokyo, have tested positive for COVID-19 after dinner party [LINK]  (Article in Japanese)

UK lockdown: Too early to say when measures will be reviewed [LINK]

At least 173 crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for Covid-19 [LINK]

884 Hidden Deaths Are Revealed, and More to Come [LINK]  (Nursing Home Deaths)

INDIA: Survey shows 42% have no ration left for the day, let alone duration of lockdown [LINK]

Helsinki sets up temporary morgues for coronavirus fatalities [LINK]




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Published at 3:00pm on Monday, April 6, 2020








Daily News and Weather Briefing for Monday, April 6, 2020




Macon Media is taking a step back from in-depth weather briefings and COVID-19 updates.


OUTLOOK

A weak stationary front will remain to our north through mid-week. A strong cold front will cross our area from the northwest on Thursday, with cooler high pressure spreading over the region for Friday.

BURN BAN

A ban on open burning in the 32 western counties of North Carolina is in effect until further notice. [LINK]

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Fire consumes about 70 acres near Cals Cove Road

A loose fire spread from private property to lands owned by the state and federal governments on Friday. Firefighters from the NC Forest Service and US Forest Service were deployed to fight the fire while Otto VFD engaged in structure protection. Using a plane to spot and a helicopter to drop water, firefighters managed to keep the fire within 30 acres on Friday. A brief rain early on Saturday did little to help the firefighters, who were working in very rough terrain. A plane continued to spot for firefighters and an additional helicopter worked the fire Saturday afternoon. The fire reached about 50 acres in size on Saturday and about 70 by Sunday.

[FIRE COVERAGE w/photos from pilot] [NEWS RELEASE]

GENERAL FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY

Today

Mostly sunny. A slight chance of showers this afternoon. Highs ranging from the lower 60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Lows ranging from the lower 50s to the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the lower 60s to the upper 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

Tuesday Night

A chance of thunderstorms in the evening. Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain 40 percent.

Wednesday

Partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. A chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-50s. The chance of rain is 50 percent.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

A burn ban is in effect until further notice. [LINK


Please continue observing the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order, and practicing social distancing if you come out for supplies, exercise or other reasons listed in the Executive Order. [LINK]


COVID-19 Update
An abbreviated COVID-19 Update follows



The CDC website [LINK] has not updated all weekend, so it reported 2,093 people in North Carolina were infected y Friday and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 2,585 cases, 261 hospitalized and 31 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 2,683 people infected and 41 deaths.

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

VIDEO BRIEFINGS

World Health Organization
(there was no briefing for April 4th or 5th, so here is the one from April 3rd)



White House Coronavirus Task Force



North Carolina
(there was no briefing Saturday or Sunday, so here is the one from Friday)

English



Spanish


Sunday 5th April, Global Update


April 4th, Disease Spread and Contagion


COVID-19 Science and Technology Headlines

Tesla Ventilator



What Dr. Fauci wants you to know about face masks and staying home as virus spreads



Stability of SARS-CoV-2 in different environmental conditions [LINK]

How sewage could reveal true scale of coronavirus outbreak [LINK]

Results of 15-Day Study on COVID-19 and Social Distancing Measures [LINK]

Impact of school closures for COVID-19 on the US health-care
workforce and net mortality: a modelling study [PDF]

Airborne transmission of COVID-19: epidemiologic evidence from two outbreak investigations [LINK]

Even the Daleks are Urging People to 'Stay at Home'



Ohio plans random population testing to help determine how many people have coronavirus [LINK]



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Sunday, April 5, 2020

COVID-19 and Weather Briefing for Sunday, April 5, 2020
Weekend Edition



Macon Media is taking a step back from in-depth weather briefings and COVID-19 updates for the weekend. A regular schedule will continue Monday. Abbreviated briefings will be posted today and Sunday and emergency updates as needed.


OUTLOOK

High pressure will move out over the Atlantic today. A weak cold front will push in from the northwest by this evening. This front will become stationary on Monday, before lifting back north as a warm front on Tuesday. A stronger cold front will cross our region from the northwest on Thursday.

BURN BAN

A ban on open burning in the 32 western counties of North Carolina is in effect until further notice. [LINK]




Fire consumes about 50 acres near Cals Cove Road

A loose fire spread from private property to lands owned by the state and federal governments on Friday. Firefighters from the NC Forest Service and US Forest Service were deployed to fight the fire while Otto VFD engaged in structure protection. Using a plane to spot and a helicopter to drop water, firefighters managed to keep the fire within 30 acres on Friday. A brief rain early on Saturday did little to help the firefighters, who were working in very rough terrain. A plane continued to spot for firefighters and an additional helicopter worked the fire Saturday afternoon. The fire reached about 50 acres in size.

[FIRE COVERAGE] [NEWS RELEASE]


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GENERAL FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY

Today

Partly sunny. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent. Relative humidity values will start off around 85% in the morning and decrease to below 40% around noon.

Tonight

Mostly clear. A chance of showers in the evening. Lows ranging from the lower 40s to the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent. Relative humidity values will rise from the 40% range at 6 pm to near 80% at midnight and rise to near 100% by 6am.

Monday

Mostly sunny. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will range from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers. Lows ranging from the mid-40s to the lower 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the morning then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. The chance of rain is 70 percent.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the mid-50s.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today. There may be a thunderstorm or two in the late afternoon.

A burn ban is in effect until further notice. [LINK]

Please continue observing the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order, and practicing social distancing if you come out for supplies, exercise or other reasons listed in the Executive Order. [LINK]


COVID-19 Update
An abbreviated COVID-19 Update follows


Data Source: NCDHHS

The CDC website [LINK] reports 2,093 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 2,402 cases, 271 hospitalized and 24 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 2,549 people infected and 35 deaths.

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

VIDEO BRIEFINGS

World Health Organization
(there was no briefing for April 4th, so here is the one from April 3rd)



White House Coronavirus Task Force



North Carolina
(there was no briefing Saturday, so here is the one from Friday)

English



Spanish



Saturday Update for the US and UK from Dr. John Campbell



April 4th, Disease Spread and Contagion



COVID-19 Headlines

6 feet of social distancing not nearly enough: CDC’s recommendation driving some experts ‘nuts’

excerpt:

Richard Corsi, a Portland State University dean, has studied the spread of COVID-19 through both large and tiny droplets in the air and recommends people stay 20 feet away from each other when they’re outdoors.

Indoors, where ventilation is much worse, Corsi recommends extreme caution and carrying out essential tasks like grocery shopping when truly necessary. [LINK


36% Of Americans Say Pandemic Has Made A ‘Serious Impact’ On Their Mental Health [LINK]

2 employees at Walmart in Evergreen Park (Chicago) die after falling ill to the coronavirus [LINK]



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Published at 5:00am on Sunday, April 5, 2020



Saturday, April 4, 2020

COVID-19 and Weather Briefing for Saturday, April 4, 2020
Weekend Edition




Macon Media is taking a step back from in-depth weather briefings and COVID-19 updates for the weekend. A regular schedule will continue Monday. Abbreviated briefings will be posted today and Sunday and emergency updates will be posted at MaconMedia.com and social media as needed.



OUTLOOK

High pressure will build into the region today, then shift to our east on Sunday. A weak cold front will push in from the northwest by Sunday evening, stalling over the area Monday, before lifting back north as a warm front on Tuesday. A stronger cold front will cross the region on Wednesday.

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GENERAL FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY

Today

Partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Highs ranging from the lower 60s to lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 5 mph.

Tonight

Partly cloudy. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the lower 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, shifting to come out of the east after midnight.

Sunday

Mostly sunny. Highs ranging from the lower 60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows ranging from the upper 40s to the lower 40s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Mostly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. The chance of rain 40 percent.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A chance of showers. Lows ranging from the mid-40s to the lower 50s. The chance of rain 40 percent.

HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not anticipated today.

A burn ban is in effect until further notice. [LINK]

Please continue observing the Governor's "Stay at Home" Order, and practicing social distancing if you come out for supplies, exercise or other reasons listed in the Executive Order. [LINK]


Why You Might Want to Think Twice Before Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer/Hand Sanitizer Price Gouging [LINK

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COVID-19 Update
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Darker colors indicate more known cases as a result of testing. 

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The numbers in North Carolina

The CDC website [LINK] reports 2,093 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 2,093 cases, 259 hospitalized and 19 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 2,336 people infected and 36 deaths.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Burn ban issued for 32 Western North Carolina counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions



RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits for the following counties in western North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey.

The burning ban goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020, and will remain in effect until further notice.

“With spring wildfire season on us, coupled with the COVID-19 crisis, we don’t need to take any unnecessary chances with the dry weather and fuel conditions that will exist in the western part of our state during the next several days,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Until we see more greening in western North Carolina, these hazardous forest fire conditions will continue. This open burning ban is a necessary step to protect lives and property.”

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other nonvegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbecue?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: How should I report a person who intentionally starts a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and has asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website at https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/fc_wui.htm.

The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

Published at 5:15pm on Friday, April 3, 2020


Daily Weather Briefing for Friday, April 3, 2020





Outlook

High pressure will build into the region through Saturday. A weak cold front is expected to move toward the area on Sunday then stall over the area Monday and then is expected to move north as a warm front on Tuesday.

We are now in the spring fire season, so please check with the local county ranger before you burn off any debris or fields. [LINK]


COVID-19 Update for April 3rd



The CDC website [LINK] reports 1,857 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 1,857 cases, 184 hospitalized and 16 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 2,041 people infected and 21 deaths.

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Weather Hazards

Breezy conditions and very low relative humidity values today will combine with dry fuel moisture values to produce the potential for increased fire danger. A Fire Danger Statement may be needed.

We are now in the spring fire season, so please check with the local county ranger before you burn off any debris or fields. [Link] https://www.ncforestservice.gov/Contacts/macon.htm






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
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FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST
Today

Sunny, with high in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Light and variable winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 20%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Light winds out of the north.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

A slight chance of showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50. The chance of precipitation is 20%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the north 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

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

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s.




NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Calm winds.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Calm winds.

Sunday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Light and variable winds.

Sunday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with lows around 50.



Published at 7:00am on Friday, April 3, 2020