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Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Franklin Town Council Meeting for June 1, 2020



The Franklin Town Council will be meeting tonight at 6pm. Due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the governor, members of the media and public will be allowed to attend the meeting. Those attending are advised to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks if they have them.

Macon Media will stream the meeting live on Youtube and a player has been embedded below.



Link to watch on Youtube if your browser acts up. [LINK
(my Chrome Browser keeps doing this)

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Roll Call
(Critters working for media outlets or serving in office in attendance will be recorded here)


Public Agenda

Town of Franklin Council
Agenda • June 01, 2020 • 6:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order - Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Barbara McRae

3. Adoption of the June 1, 2020 Town Council Agenda - Town Council

4. Approval of the Consent Agenda for June 1, 2020 - Town Council
A.) Approval of the May 4 and May 12, 2020 Town Council Minutes
B.) Duke Energy Lighting Agreement for Womack Street
C.) Street Closing Request for WFSC Car Show
D.) Authorization Agreement for Wells Fargo Signatures

5. Public Hearings
A.) Public Hearing at 6:05 p.m. for Special Use Application for Scenic Ridge Development
B.) Public Hearing at 6:10 p.m. for Town of Franklin Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget
C.) Public Hearing at 6:15 p.m. for Town of Franklin Comp Plan

6. Public Session

7. Old Business:
A.) Discussion on Proposal from Nikwasi Initiative - Elaine Eisenbraun
B.) Discussion on Proposal from Macon New Beginnings - Bob Burke
C.) Discussion on Town of Franklin Water and Sewer Comp Plan - Town Manager Summer Woodard

8. New Business:
A.) Board Action on Special Use Application for Scenic Ridge Development - Town Council
B.) Board Action on Town of Franklin Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget - Town Council
C.) Board Action on Town of Franklin Comp Plan - Town Council
D.) Southwestern NC HOME Consortium Resolution and Agreement - Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.) Discussion on Town of Franklin July 4th Fireworks Event - Town Manager Summer Woodard
F.) Swearing in Ceremony for Franklin Police Chief Bill Harrell - Mayor Bob Scott
G.) Recognition of Finance Officer Kyra Doster - Mayor Bob Scott

9. Announcements:
A.) Town Hall Offices will be closed Friday July 3, 2020 in observance of July 4th

10. Adjourn


Agenda Packet






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Published at 12:30pm on Monday, June 1, 2020



Lowering Of NC Flags To Half-Staff For Day Of Mourning To Honor Those Who Passed Away From COVID-19




Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning today, Monday, June 1, 2020 through sunset for a Day of Mourning to honor those who passed away from the novel coronavirus. To date, 100,000 Americans including nearly 1,000 North Carolinians have lost their lives due to COVID-19. As a tribute to these many individuals and their families, all North Carolinians are encouraged to honor June 1, 2020 as a Day of Mourning.



More than 100 leaders of faith-based organizations, including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim houses of worship from across the country are leading a national moment of silence on June 1 at 12 PM EST. Local and state leaders throughout the nation are joining the call for silence including the National Governors Association and the United States Conference of Mayors.



Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:



“This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that our death count is not just a number, it represents people, communities and families in mourning. I encourage North Carolinians to join in this moment of silence in honor of the people we have lost and their loved ones who are struggling in the wake of this cruel virus.”



As a show of respect, individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.



Please note, all North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the US Flag Code.


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Published at 10:05am on Monday, June 1, 2020


Daily News and Weather Briefing for Monday, June 01, 2020






OUTLOOK

Dry and relatively cool conditions will prevail across the area today. Moisture and warmer temperatures return to the area through the rest of the week ahead of an approaching cold front, with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms possible each afternoon through the weekend.

GoFundMe Established to Benefit Children of David and Dawn Head

On Saturday, 5/23/2020, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, a Physical Therapist with Highlands/Cashiers Hospital, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. They leave behind four children, Jeslyn Head (17), J.D. Head (13), Erin Sanborn (17), and Sidney Sanborn (19). This fund has been set up by the employees of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in an effort to help all 4 children of David and Dawn Head. [LINK]

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Their phone number is 371-4718.

They can handle all your tree removal needs in good or bad weather.


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News Briefing Moved 

Due to the length of this morning's news briefing, it has been moved to between the weather briefing segment and the COVID-19 segment. Scroll down to see it.



General Forecast Through Wednesday Night



Today

Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows ranging from around 60 to the 50s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Highs ranging from the 70s to the lower 80s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy. Lows ranging from the lower 60s to the upper 50s.



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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 Jun 1 2020

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

1. The remnants of Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Amanda are currently located inland near the Guatemala-Yucatan Border. This large disturbance is forecast to move slowly northward this morning, followed by a northwestward motion later today, and the center of the low pressure system could emerge over the southeastern Bay of Campeche by this evening. If the remnants move back over water, environmental conditions appear conducive to support some development, and a new tropical depression could form while the system moves little through the middle of this week. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, heavy rainfall is likely to continue over portions of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and western Honduras during the next few days. For additional information on the rainfall threat, see products from your national meteorological service.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will run until November 30. Long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes are 12, 6, and 3, respectively.

The list of names for 2020 is as follows:

Name and Pronunciation 

-------------------------------------------------------------
Arthur AR-thur
Bertha BUR-thuh
Cristobal krees-TOH-bahl
Dolly DAH-lee Omar
Edouard ed-DWARD
Fay fay
Gonzalo gohn-SAH-loh
Hanna HAN-uh
Isaias ees-ah-EE-ahs
Josephine JOH-seh-feen
Kyle KY-ull
Laura LOOR-ruh

Marco MAR-koe
Nana NA-na
OH-mar
Paulette pawl-LET
Rene re-NAY
Sally SAL-ee
Teddy TEHD-ee
Vicky VIH-kee


Two tropical storms, Arthur and Bertha, already formed this year in May. The next named storm that develops this season will be Cristobal.

This product, the Tropical Weather Outlook, briefly describes significant areas of disturbed weather and their potential for tropical cyclone formation during the next five days. The issuance times of this product are 2 AM, 8 AM, 2 AM, and 8 PM EDT. After the change to standard time in November, the issuance times are 1 AM, 7 AM, 1 PM, and 7 PM EST.

A Special Tropical Weather Outlook will be issued to provide updates, as necessary, in between the regularly scheduled issuances of the Tropical Weather Outlook. Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued under the same WMO and AWIPS headers as the regular Tropical Weather Outlooks.

A standard package of products, consisting of the tropical cyclone public advisory, the forecast/advisory, the cyclone discussion, and a wind speed probability product, is issued every six hours for all ongoing tropical cyclones. In addition, a special advisory package may be issued at any time to advise of significant unexpected changes or to modify watches or warnings.

The Tropical Cyclone Update is a brief statement to inform of significant changes in a tropical cyclone or to post or cancel watches or warnings. It is used in lieu of or to precede the issuance of a special advisory package. Tropical Cyclone Updates, which can be issued at any time, can be found under WMO header WTNT61-65 KNHC, and under AWIPS header MIATCUAT1-5.

All National Hurricane Center text and graphical products are available on the web at https://www.hurricanes.gov. You can also interact with NHC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NWSNHC.

Notifications are available via Twitter when select National Hurricane Center products are issued. Information about our Atlantic Twitter feed (@NHC_Atlantic) is available at https://www.hurricanes.gov/twitter.shtml.

End Daily Weather Segment




Begin News Briefing

County Holds Press Conference on COVID-19 Situation

The Macon County Health Department held a press conference to disseminate information to local and regional news outlets. In attendance were: WLOS-TV (2 people), PLateua Daily News, The Highlander, Macon County News, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM, The Franklin Press, and Macon Media.

Here is the full video of the event.



The video and commentary thread on Facebook [LINK]

WLOS Livestream [LINK]


Two Americans Launch Into Space Aboard a SpaceX Dragon Capsule

SpaceX Demo-2 (also referred to as Crew Demo-2, and Dragon Crew Demo-2) is a crewed test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which launched yesterday at 3:22pm. Demo-2 is the first crewed orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since the final Space Shuttle mission (STS-135 [LINK]) in 2011, and also the first ever operated by a commercial provider. The mission, which launched spacecraft commander Douglas Hurley and joint-operations commander Robert Behnken to the International Space Station, is also the first two-person orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since STS-4 in 1982 [LINK]". The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 10:29am.


Recap Video by NASA


SpaceX Ongoing Live Coverage Through Docking

SpaceX provided live coverage of the flight through the docking with the Internation Space Station later that morning.


Postflight News Conference


NASA has a live stream channel on Youtube that will also be providing live coverage of operations during this mission.


NASA Highlight Reel for May 31st




County Commissioners Hold Budget Work Session

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session Tuesday. Video and supporting documents are on the website. [LINK]



End News Briefing 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.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 27,673 people in North Carolina are infected, 877 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 28,589 confirmed cases from 416,289 targeted tests, and 649 hospitalized and 886 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 28,785 people infected and 937 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK]

Detected 70
Recovered 17
Deceased 1
Actives 52

Data from Macon County Public Health [LINK]

Detected 85
Recovered 3
Deceased 1
Actives 81







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


Dr John Campbell:

Air pollution and COVID-19


MedCram - Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY

Coronavirus Pandemic Update 77: Remdesivir Update; COVID-19 in Mexico


COVID-19 Question / Answer with Dr. Seheult


Research
(repeat from the weekend)

Here are some links to several studies, research and clinical trials that have and are being conducted as part of humanity's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't be afraid to try to read some of these papers and be sure to use Google (or your favorite seach engine) to help you understand some words and concepts.


Going along with the theme of Dr John Campbell's video, here are some links to several studies, research, and clinical trials that have and are being conducted as part of humanity's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't be afraid to try to read some of these papers and be sure to use Google (or your favorite search engine) to help you understand some words and concepts.


ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test [LINK]

Forecasting the Spread of COVID-19 under Different Reopening Strategies [LINK]

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [LINK]

Visualizing the invisible: The effect of asymptomatic transmission on the outbreak dynamics of COVID-19 [LINK]

Small droplet aerosols in poorly ventilated spaces and SARS-CoV-2 transmission [LINK]

Population-scale testing can suppress the spread of COVID-19 [LINK]

Impact of Superspreaders on dissemination and mitigation of COVID-19 [LINK]

Comprehensive Transcriptomic Analysis of COVID-19 Blood, Lung, and Airway [LINK]

Pulmonary and cardiac pathology in African American patients with COVID-19: an autopsy series from New Orleans [LINK]

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children during the COVID-19 pandemic: a case series [LINK]

The Spectrum of Cardiac Manifestations in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - a Systematic Echocardiographic Study. [LINK]

Two thirds of people contacted through tracing did not fully cooperate, pilot scheme finds [LINK]

Death threats after a trial on chloroquine for COVID-19 [LINK]

Trained Immunity: a Tool for Reducing Susceptibility to and the Severity of SARS-CoV-2 Infection [LINK]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Alteration of the Brain in a Patient With COVID-19 and Anosmia [LINK]

Famotidine, Histamine, and the Coronavirus [LINK]

Features of COVID-19 post-infectious cytokine release syndrome in children presenting to the emergency department [LINK]

Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 through recombination and strong purifying selection [LINK]

Efficacy and Safety of Ivermectin and Doxycycline in Combination or IVE Alone in Patients With COVID-19 Infection. [LINK]

Introductions and early spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the New York City area [LINK]

Single-dose replicating RNA vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in nonhuman primates [LINK]

Modeling the thermal inactivation of viruses from the Coronaviridae family in suspensions or on surfaces with various relative humidities [LINK]

Treatment of COVID-19 Patients with Convalescent Plasma [LINK]

Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, China [LINK]

Lessons Learned to Date on COVID-19 Hyperinflammatory Syndrome: Considerations for Interventions to Mitigate SARS-CoV-2 Viral Infection and Detrimental Hyperinflammation [LINK]

COVID-19 Testing, Epidemic Features, Hospital Outcomes, and Household Prevalence, New York State—March 2020 [LINK]

Reduced Vitamin K Status as A Potentially Modifiable Prognostic Risk Factor in COVID-19 [LINK]

Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in SARS-CoV-2 infection: prospective cohort study using UK Biobank [LINK]

Report 25 - Response to COVID-19 in South Korea and implications for lifting stringent interventions [LINK]

Two anti-inflammatory drugs found that inhibit the replication of the COVID-19 virus [LINK]

Development and Utilization of a Rapid and Accurate Epidemic Investigation Support System for COVID-19 [LINK]

Study finds surge in hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine prescriptions during COVID-19 [LINK]




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Published at 6:00am on Monday, June 1, 2020




Sunday, May 31, 2020

Daily News and Weather Briefing for Sunday, May 31, 2020






OUTLOOK

Dry and cool air will mix in from the northwest today and linger through Monday. By Wednesday, muggy and warm air moves in with thunderstorms expected each afternoon into the weekend.

GoFundMe Established to Benefit Children of David and Dawn Head

On Saturday, 5/23/2020, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, a Physical Therapist with Highlands/Cashiers Hospital, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. They leave behind four children, Jeslyn Head (17), J.D. Head (13), Erin Sanborn (17), and Sidney Sanborn (19). This fund has been set up by the employees of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in an effort to help all 4 children of David and Dawn Head. [LINK]

News Briefing Moved to Between the Weather Segment and COVID-19 Segment

Due to the length of this morning's news briefing, it has been moved to after the weather briefing segment and before the COVID-19. Scroll down to see it.



General Forecast Through Monday Night



Today

Patchy fog this morning. Mostly sunny. Highs ranging from the lower 70s in the higher elevations to near 80 in the main valley around Franklin and Otto. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s. Winds out of the northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Sunny. Highs in the 70s to near 80. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Monday Night

Mostly clear. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s to the lower 80s. Winds out of the west around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows ranging from around 60 down into the 50s.



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Weather Sponsor



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Open 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F, located at 895 Hickory Knoll Road, Franklin, NC. Visit our Facebook page at:
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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)



Special Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Sun May 31 2020

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

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the area of low pressure over the central Atlantic and the potential for tropical cyclone formation over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.

1. An area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of Bermuda is producing limited shower activity. The low is forecast to move northeastward at 5 to 10 mph later today, and development is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions.

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

2. Tropical Depression Two-E, located near the Pacific coasts of Guatemala and El Salvador, is forecast to move inland and dissipate over Guatemala or southeastern Mexico by tonight. However, the remnants are expected to turn northwestward within a broader developing area of disturbed weather, possibly emerging over the Bay of Campeche on Monday. If the remnants do move back over water, environmental conditions appear conducive to support some redevelopment of the system while it moves little during much of the upcoming week. Regardless of redevelopment, heavy rainfall is likely over portions of southern Mexico during the next few days. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook will be issued later this morning by 9 AM EDT.

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


End Daily Weather Segment




Begin News Briefing

Two Americans Launch Into Space Aboard a SpaceX Dragon Capsule



SpaceX Demo-2 (also referred to as Crew Demo-2, and Dragon Crew Demo-2) is a crewed test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which launched yesterday at 3:22pm. Demo-2 is the first crewed orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since the final Space Shuttle mission (STS-135 [LINK]) in 2011, and also the first-ever operated by a commercial provider. The mission, which launched spacecraft commander Douglas Hurley and joint-operations commander Robert Behnken to the International Space Station, is also the first two-person orbital spaceflight launched from the United States since STS-4 in 1982 [LINK]. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 10:29am.


Recap Video by NASA



SpaceX Ongoing Live Coverage Through Docking

SpaceX will provide live coverage of the flight through the docking with the Internation Space Station later this morning at 10am.



Postflight News Conference


NASA has a live stream channel on Youtube that will also be providing live coverage of operations during this mission.


Crew Dragon Schedule Update:

6:45 am – Downlink event w/ Crew Dragon
10:27am – Docking
12:45pm – Hatch Opening
1:15pm - Welcome ceremony
3:15pm - Post-arrival News Conf
* Admin. Jim Bridenstine, NASA
* Mark Geyer, JSC
* Pat Forrester, NASA
End of NASA continuous coverage.

Astronauts were awakened at 4:49am this morning with "Planet Caravan" by Black Sabbath.



County Holds Press Conference on COVID-19 Situation

The Macon County Health Department held a press conference to disseminate information to local and regional news outlets. In attendance were: WLOS-TV (2 people), PLateua Daily News, The Highlander, Macon County News, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM, The Franklin Press, and Macon Media.

Here is the full video of the event.


The video and commentary thread on Facebook [LINK]



County Commissioners Hold Budget Work Session

The Macvn County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session Tuesday. Video and supporting documents are on the website. [LINK]



End News Briefing 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.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 26,488 people in North Carolina are infected, 859 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 27,673 confirmed cases from 404,157 targeted tests, and 638 hospitalized and 877 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 27,794 people infected and 929 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK] https://coronaction.net

Detected 62
Recovered 14
Deceased 1
Actives 47

Data from Macon County Public Health [LINK]

Detected 70
Recovered 3
Deceased 1
Actives 66







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

How coronavirus spreads outdoors vs. indoors



Dr John Campbell:

Asymptomatic infection


MedCram - Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY

Coronavirus Pandemic Update 76: Antibody Testing False Positives in COVID-19


Research
(repeat from yesterday)

Going along with the theme of Dr John Campbell's video, here are some links to several studies, research, and clinical trials that have and are being conducted as part of humanity's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't be afraid to try to read some of these papers and be sure to use Google (or your favorite search engine) to help you understand some words and concepts.


ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test [LINK]

Forecasting the Spread of COVID-19 under Different Reopening Strategies [LINK]

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [LINK]

Visualizing the invisible: The effect of asymptomatic transmission on the outbreak dynamics of COVID-19 [LINK]

Small droplet aerosols in poorly ventilated spaces and SARS-CoV-2 transmission [LINK]

Population-scale testing can suppress the spread of COVID-19 [LINK]

Impact of Superspreaders on dissemination and mitigation of COVID-19 [LINK]

Comprehensive Transcriptomic Analysis of COVID-19 Blood, Lung, and Airway [LINK]

Pulmonary and cardiac pathology in African American patients with COVID-19: an autopsy series from New Orleans [LINK]

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children during the COVID-19 pandemic: a case series [LINK]

The Spectrum of Cardiac Manifestations in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - a Systematic Echocardiographic Study. [LINK]

Two thirds of people contacted through tracing did not fully cooperate, pilot scheme finds [LINK]

Death threats after a trial on chloroquine for COVID-19 [LINK]

Trained Immunity: a Tool for Reducing Susceptibility to and the Severity of SARS-CoV-2 Infection [LINK]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Alteration of the Brain in a Patient With COVID-19 and Anosmia [LINK]

Famotidine, Histamine, and the Coronavirus [LINK]

Features of COVID-19 post-infectious cytokine release syndrome in children presenting to the emergency department [LINK]

Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 through recombination and strong purifying selection [LINK]

Efficacy and Safety of Ivermectin and Doxycycline in Combination or IVE Alone in Patients With COVID-19 Infection. [LINK]

Introductions and early spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the New York City area [LINK]

Single-dose replicating RNA vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in nonhuman primates [LINK]

Modeling the thermal inactivation of viruses from the Coronaviridae family in suspensions or on surfaces with various relative humidities [LINK]

Treatment of COVID-19 Patients with Convalescent Plasma [LINK]

Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, China [LINK]

Lessons Learned to Date on COVID-19 Hyperinflammatory Syndrome: Considerations for Interventions to Mitigate SARS-CoV-2 Viral Infection and Detrimental Hyperinflammation [LINK]

COVID-19 Testing, Epidemic Features, Hospital Outcomes, and Household Prevalence, New York State—March 2020 [LINK]

Reduced Vitamin K Status as A Potentially Modifiable Prognostic Risk Factor in COVID-19 [LINK]

Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in SARS-CoV-2 infection: prospective cohort study using UK Biobank [LINK]

Report 25 - Response to COVID-19 in South Korea and implications for lifting stringent interventions [LINK]

Two anti-inflammatory drugs found that inhibit the replication of the COVID-19 virus [LINK]

Development and Utilization of a Rapid and Accurate Epidemic Investigation Support System for COVID-19 [LINK]

Study finds surge in hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine prescriptions during COVID-19 [LINK]



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Published at 6:00am on Sunday, May 31, 2020




Saturday, May 30, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, May 30, 2020






OUTLOOK

A cold front will move into the forecast area today and track southeast through early Sunday. Dry and cooler air will mix in from the northwest Sunday into Monday, before warm and muggy summer-like weather returns Tuesday and persist through the end of the week. Ick.

GoFundMe Established to Benefit Children of David and Dawn Head

On Saturday, 5/23/2020, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, a Physical Therapist with Highlands/Cashiers Hospital, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. They leave behind four children, Jeslyn Head (17), J.D. Head (13), Erin Sanborn (17), and Sidney Sanborn (19). This fund has been set up by the employees of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in an effort to help all 4 children of David and Dawn Head. [LINK]

County Holds Press Conference on COVID-19 Situation

The Macon County Health Department held a press conference to disseminate information to local and regional news outlets. Among those in attendance were: WLOS-TV (2 people), PLateua Daily News, The Highlander, Macon County News, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WFSC-AM/WNCC-FM, The Franklin Press, and Macon Media.

Here is the full video of the press conference.



The video and commentary thread on Facebook [LINK]

WLOS Livestream [LINK]

Macon County News Livestream [LINK]


County Commissioners Hold Budget Work Session

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session Tuesday. Video and supporting documents are on the website. [LINK]





General Forecast Through Monday Night



Today

Partly sunny this morning, then becoming mostly sunny. Patchy fog this morning. Highs in the 70s to near 80. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the north 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Sunny. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the north around 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear. Lows ranging from around 50 down into the upper 40s. Winds out of the northeast around 5 mph.

Monday

Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the south around 5 mph.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s.


Hazards

Hazardous weather is not expected 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 Sat May 30 2020

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

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the area of low pressure over the central Atlantic.

1. A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Atlantic. The associated shower activity has become better organized during the past several hours, and the wind circulation has become somewhat better defined. Additional development is possible today and tonight, and a subtropical depression could still form while the system moves generally northward. Further development is not expected after that time due to unfavorable environmental conditions. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook will be issued by 9 AM EDT Saturday, or earlier if necessary.

* 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.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 25,412 people in North Carolina are infected, 827 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 25,488 confirmed cases from 391,231 targeted tests, and 680 hospitalized and 859 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 26,885 people infected and 919 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK] https://coronaction.net

Detected 47
Recovered 10
Deceased 1
Actives 36





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

How coronavirus spreads outdoors vs. indoors



Dr John Campbell:

Research difficulties



Research

Going along with the theme of Dr John Campbell's video, here are some links to several studies, research, and clinical trials that have and are being conducted as part of humanity's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't be afraid to try to read some of these papers and be sure to use Google (or your favorite search engine) to help you understand some words and concepts.


ASU develops state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test [LINK]

Forecasting the Spread of COVID-19 under Different Reopening Strategies [LINK]

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [LINK]

Visualizing the invisible: The effect of asymptomatic transmission on the outbreak dynamics of COVID-19 [LINK]

Small droplet aerosols in poorly ventilated spaces and SARS-CoV-2 transmission [LINK]

Population-scale testing can suppress the spread of COVID-19 [LINK]

Impact of Superspreaders on dissemination and mitigation of COVID-19 [LINK]

Comprehensive Transcriptomic Analysis of COVID-19 Blood, Lung, and Airway [LINK]

Pulmonary and cardiac pathology in African American patients with COVID-19: an autopsy series from New Orleans [LINK]

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children during the COVID-19 pandemic: a case series [LINK]

The Spectrum of Cardiac Manifestations in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - a Systematic Echocardiographic Study. [LINK]

Two thirds of people contacted through tracing did not fully cooperate, pilot scheme finds [LINK]

Death threats after a trial on chloroquine for COVID-19 [LINK]

Trained Immunity: a Tool for Reducing Susceptibility to and the Severity of SARS-CoV-2 Infection [LINK]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Alteration of the Brain in a Patient With COVID-19 and Anosmia [LINK]

Famotidine, Histamine, and the Coronavirus [LINK]

Features of COVID-19 post-infectious cytokine release syndrome in children presenting to the emergency department [LINK]

Emergence of SARS-CoV-2 through recombination and strong purifying selection [LINK]

Efficacy and Safety of Ivermectin and Doxycycline in Combination or IVE Alone in Patients With COVID-19 Infection. [LINK]

Introductions and early spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the New York City area [LINK]

Single-dose replicating RNA vaccine induces neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in nonhuman primates [LINK]

Modeling the thermal inactivation of viruses from the Coronaviridae family in suspensions or on surfaces with various relative humidities [LINK]

Treatment of COVID-19 Patients with Convalescent Plasma [LINK]

Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, China [LINK]

Lessons Learned to Date on COVID-19 Hyperinflammatory Syndrome: Considerations for Interventions to Mitigate SARS-CoV-2 Viral Infection and Detrimental Hyperinflammation [LINK]

COVID-19 Testing, Epidemic Features, Hospital Outcomes, and Household Prevalence, New York State—March 2020 [LINK]

Reduced Vitamin K Status as A Potentially Modifiable Prognostic Risk Factor in COVID-19 [LINK]

Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in SARS-CoV-2 infection: prospective cohort study using UK Biobank [LINK]

Report 25 - Response to COVID-19 in South Korea and implications for lifting stringent interventions [LINK]

Two anti-inflammatory drugs found that inhibit the replication of the COVID-19 virus [LINK]

Development and Utilization of a Rapid and Accurate Epidemic Investigation Support System for COVID-19 [LINK]

Study finds surge in hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine prescriptions during COVID-19 [LINK]





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Friday, May 29, 2020

News and Weather Briefing for Friday, May 29, 2020






OUTLOOK

Warm and moist southerly flow will continue across the region today ahead of a developing cold front. The front will move into the area Saturday and track southeast through early Sunday. Dry and a little cooler air will mix in from the northwest Sunday through the early part of next week.

GoFundMe Established to Benefit Children of David and Dawn Head

On Saturday, 5/23/2020, Macon County Sheriff's Deputy David Head and his wife, Dawn, a Physical Therapist with Highlands/Cashiers Hospital, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. They leave behind four children, Jeslyn Head (17), J.D. Head (13), Erin Sanborn (17), and Sidney Sanborn (19). This fund has been set up by the employees of the Macon County Sheriff's Office in an effort to help all 4 children of David and Dawn Head. [LINK]

Procession on Main Street



Procession on US-441 South of Franklin



County to Hold Press Conference on COVID-19 Situation

Macon County will hold a press conference at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building at 2pm this afternoon to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Macon County. The meeting is closed to the public and only media outlets are allowed to attend. Macon Media will be there and will stream live video of the press conference on Facebook.


County Commissioners Hold Budget Work Session

The Macon County Board of Commissioners held a budget work session Tuesday. Video and supporting documents are on the website. [LINK]





General Forecast Through Sunday Night



Today

Partly sunny. Patchy dense fog in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy. Showers likely with a chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday

Partly sunny. A chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s.

Sunday

Mostly sunny. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear. Lows around 50.


Hazards

Patchy dense fog this morning and thunderstorms, some strong or severe, this afternoon.

Patchy dense fog, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less, can be expected across mainly the foothills and mountain valleys of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia this morning. Motorists traveling along I-40 through western North Carolina, I-26 from the Spartanburg area through western North Carolina, I-85 through the Greenville-Spartanburg area, as well as other roads and highways across the region should be prepared roe sudden loss of visibility. Slow down, use low beam headlights, and allow plenty of distance between yourself and other vehicles. The fog should burn off by 900 AM in most areas.

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will develop this afternoon and linger into the evening hours. A few of these storms could become quite strong to severe with the main threats being damaging winds and large hail. Cloud to ground lightning will also be probable.



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



Special Tropical Weather Outlook...Corrected
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
810 PM EDT Thu May 28 2020

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

Corrected website for the High Seas Forecast

Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the area of low pressure over the central Atlantic.

1. A surface trough and associated upper-level disturbance are producing disorganized shower activity and gusty winds over the central Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda. Gradual development of this system is possible, and it could acquire some subtropical characteristics on Friday and Saturday as it moves generally northward. Development is not expected after that time due to unfavorable environmental conditions. For additional information, see High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 AM EDT Friday, or earlier if necessary.

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



End Daily Weather Segment





Begin COVID-19 Update




Here are some numbers from yesterday provided by 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 24,628 people in North Carolina are infected, 794 have died, and infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 25,412 confirmed cases from 375,192 targeted tests, and 708 hospitalized and 827 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 25,826 people infected and 877 deaths (these include non-residents located in NC).

COVID-19 Data for Macon County from Coronaction. [LINK]

Detected 19
Recovered 4
Deceased 1
Actives 14




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

How coronavirus spreads outdoors vs. indoors


North Carolina Coronavirus Briefing for May 28th


Dr John Campbell:

The Global Situation for May 28th











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Published at 6:30am on Friday, May 29, 2020