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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Daily Weather Briefing for Sunay, March 29, 2020





Outlook

A weakening cold front will push through the area today, bringing cooler temperatures back to the region and the potential for showers and thunderstorms mainly over the mountains. Temperatures will trend cooler Monday following that front, with another chance for rain Tuesday as low pressure passes nearby. Cool and mostly dry conditions are expected for the latter half of the week.




Headlines


Governor Roy Cooper Issues "Stay at Home" Order for the state to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 [LINK]

The Town of Franklin and Macon County have added further restrictions to the State of Emergency currently in effect. [LINK]

The CDC website [LINK] reports 764 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are spreading person-to-person, the NCDHHS website [LINK] also reports 763 cases and 3 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 944 people infected and 5 deaths.

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

COVID-19 Updates Have Moved

Since the COVID-19 section of the daily news and weather briefing has grown rather large and unwieldy, they've been moved to their own daily article. [LINK]




Recent Meeting Videos Delayed

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THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
The maps have been switched from showing the eastern United States to the Western Atlantic Region in anticipation of warmer weather when our weather pattern is more susceptible to being impacted by what happens in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for surface pressure (in mb) and winds at 10 metres (30 feet) over the same time period.






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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated for today.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST
Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then isolated showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northeast by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of rain is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm befoe midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. Highs in the upper 50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. the chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s. the chance of precipitation is 60%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then isolated showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 15 mph shifting to come out of the northeast by midmorning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. Highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph by midmorning. the chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 40s. The chance of precipitation is 70%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before noon, then scattered showers between noon and 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the west 10 to 15 mph in the morning increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph decreasing to become winds out of the north after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. Highs near 50. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 7 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. The chance of precipitation is 70%.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then isolated showers. Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the west 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest around 5 mph decreasing to become calm before midnight.

Tuesday

Showers, mainly after 9am. Highs in the mid-50s. The chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. The chance of precipitation is 70%.



Published at 7:05am on Sunday, March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Sunday, March 29, 2020



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.

Cherokee, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests temporarily shut down trailheads, access points to Appalachian National Scenic Trail [LINK]

Governor Roy Cooper Issues "Stay at Home" Order for the state to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 [LINK]

The Town of Franklin and Macon County have added further restrictions to the State of Emergency currently in effect. [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for March 29th


The CDC website [LINK] reports 764 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are widespread, the NCDHHS website [LINK] also reports 935 cases, 87 hospitalized and 4 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 1,063 people infected and 5 deaths.

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

Good News

Volunteers sewing supplies for health care workers [LINK]

Blue ribbons popping up along streets in Abbotsford in praise of B.C. healthcare workers [LINK]

Parents Work on the Front Lines. Where Do Their Children Go All Day?
An experimental program attempts to fill the void of shuttered public schools. [LINK]

PlayStation Employees Working from Home Until 30th April, Will Receive Full Pay and Equipment Budget [LINK]

BBC Joins Netflix In Making $600,000 Donation To Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund [LINK]



Research

Over 20,000 academic articles on Coronavirus are free for public access [LINK]

Donor's Blood May Help Recipient Fight COVID-19 [LINK]

Russia claims it produces drug to treat COVID-19 [LINK]

Coronavirus: pathogen could have been spreading in humans for decades, study says [LINK]

Coronavirus Video Briefings
(There were no video briefings on Saturday, so the Friday Briefings have been left up


World Health Organization Briefing



White House Coronavirus Taks Force Briefing


Governor's Coronavirus Briefing for North Carolina

English

Spanish

General Articles

President Trump Delivers Remarks at Naval Station Norfolk Send-Off for USNS Comfort


More on Zoom and privacy [LINK]

How Russia is using authoritarian tech to curb coronavirus [LINK

How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus [LINK]

Canada turning to makeshift hospitals to house patients as COVID-19 pandemic stretches capacity [LINK]

Can Tesla, GM And Ford Help Solve The Coronavirus Ventilator Shortage?


How To Tell If We're Beating COVID-19


TED || How we must respond to the coronavirus pandemic


A 3D-printed ventilator designed for Spain's coronavirus patients. [LINK]

Virus Protection Basis [LINK]

March 28th Update from Dr John Campbell


2 arrested, 70 cited for violating stay-at-home orders, Honolulu police say [LINK]

Government Tracking How People Move Around in Coronavirus Pandemic [LINK]

‘Off the charts’: Virus hot spots grow in middle America [LINK]

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Is an ‘Almost Meaningless’ Metric [LINK]

Politics
(The following section is presented to give the reader an idea of how people are attempting to report on this pandemic through the lens of their own political agendas)

Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000 [LINK]

One-Worlders Exploit Pandemic For Global Government [LINK]

Trump backs down on NY quarantine threat after Cuomo slams president’s ‘anti-American’ coronavirus proposal [LINK]

The Mega-Bailout Leaves 4 Mega Questions [LINK]

Anarchy and the coronavirus [LINK]

The first casualty of war, even war against a virus, is truth [LINK]

Giuliani Urges Governors And Mayors Grovel To Trump For COVID-19 Help [LINK]

Dictatorship of the immunocompromised? [LINK]




Archive

Mach 28th Update [LINK]


March 27th Updates [LINK]

March 26th Update [LINK]


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Published at 6:20am on Sunday, March 29, 2020


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Cherokee, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests temporarily shut down trailheads, access points to Appalachian National Scenic Trail


File Photo November 2016


Asheville, NC, March 28, 2020 - The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in North Carolina, and the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee are temporarily shutting down trailhead facilities and other access points to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to prevent groups from congregating and to protect public health and safety.

The decision aligns with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"We realize our communities and our visitors value the recreation opportunities the forest has to offer," said JaSal Morris, Cherokee National Forest Supervisor. "A lot of consideration went into this decision. The health and safety of our employees and the public remain our top priority."

The following popular access sites are affected by these changes:

•Wayah Bald - Nantahala National Forest
•Cheoah Bald - Nantahala National Forest
•Hampton and Dennis Cove Trailheads (Laurel Falls) - Cherokee National Forest
•Osborne Farm - Cherokee National Forest
•Max Patch - Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests
Roan Mountain/Carvers Gap - Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests
•Lovers Leap - Pisgah National Forest

For a complete list of access sites affected by these changes visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures

USDA Forest Service managers remind national forest visitors to recreate responsibly by avoiding gathering in groups of more than ten people and not engaging in high-risk activities, like rock climbing, that increase the chance of injury or distress. Also note that law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19.

Guidelines for health and safety, recommended by the CDC, are available at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

See the Cherokee National Forest website for the latest recreation information at https://www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee. For the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nfsnc, and on Twitter at twitter.com/NFsNCarolina.




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Published at 5:35pm on Saturday, March 28, 2020



Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of NC Rep. MaryAnn Black





Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 until sunset Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in honor of NC House of Representative MaryAnn Black, who passed away this week. Black represented the 29th District of Durham County since 2017. She also served as a Durham County Commissioner from 1990 to 2002. A private service for Rep. Black was held on Friday.



Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:



"MaryAnn Black was a strong, compassionate leader who spent her life making North Carolinians healthier and better educated. She will be sorely missed by all of us who knew her and called her friend."



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 5:10pm on Saturday, March 28, 2020


Daily Weather Briefing for Saturday, March 28, 2020





Outlook

Expect near-record warmth once again today before a weakening cold front pushes through the area on Sunday brings cooler temperatures and the potential for a few showers and an isolated thunderstorm. Rain chance return Tuesday and Wednesday as a fairly potent storm system moves into the area.



Headlines

Governor Roy Cooper Issues "Stay at Home" Order for the state to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 [LINK]

The Town of Franklin and Macon County have added further restrictions to the State of Emergency currently in effect. [LINK]

The CDC website [LINK] reports 764 people in North Carolina are infected and that the infections are spreading person-to-person, the NCDHHS website [LINK]  also reports 763 cases and 3 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK]  reports 944 people infected and 5 deaths.

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


COVID-19 Updates Have Moved

Since the COVID-19 section of the daily news and weather briefing has grown rather large and unwieldy, they've been moved to their own daily article. [LINK]


Recent Meeting Videos Delayed

Thanks to an assist from the folks at Wired, the video editing computer is back up and videos should be forthcoming. Thanks to everyone who has been patient and thanks to the donor who has made it possible to have a new video editing computer built that will be in service soon.


Public Safety Log
(this section is temporarily deprecated until I get caught up with videos from past meetings.



THREE DAY GFS FORECAST
The maps have been switched from showing the eastern United States to the Western Atlantic Region in anticipation of warmer weather when our weather pattern is more susceptible to being impacted by what happens in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

This animated image shows a forecast of precipitation, air pressure and thickness level (cold-air damming) for three days in six-hour increments.
Green, Yellow, and Red indicate rain. Orange and Purple Indicate Freezing Rain or other freezing precipitation. Blue indicates snow.



The next one shows the forecast for rain in 24hour totals over the next few days.



And this one shows the forecast for surface pressure (in mb) and winds at 10 metres (30 feet) over the same time period.






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Weather Hazards

Hazardous weather is not anticipated for today.






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WEATHER FORECAST MAPS

Forecast maps for 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm.
[click on any image in this article to enlarge]






FRANKLIN AREA FORECAST
Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 3 to 7 mph.

Monday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.





OTTO AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Light and variable winds increasing and shifting to come out of the southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning shifting to come out of the west in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. The chance of precipitation is 60%.





HIGHLANDS PLATEAU FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. the chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 40s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday

Partly sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-40s.





NANTAHALA AREA FORECAST


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southwest in the morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Winds out of the south 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. the chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with lows around 50. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Monday

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

Monday Night

Rain likely, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. The chance of precipitation is 60%.




Published at 6:30am on Saturday, March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Updates for Saturday, March 28, 2020



Since the COVID-19 Updates have grown ever larger, Macon Media has decided to begin posting them as separate articles so people who do not want to wade through several dozen links and videos, don't have to do do. 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. To start us off, Wikipedia has a list of known pandemics throughout history. [LINK]


Headlines


Governor Roy Cooper Issues "Stay at Home" Order for the state to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 [LINK]

The Town of Franklin and Macon County have added further restrictions to the State of Emergency currently in effect. [LINK]

COVID-19 Update for March 25th


The CDC website [LINK] reports 764 people in North Carolina are infected with 2 deaths and that the infections are spreading person-to-person, the NCDHHS website [LINK] also reports 763 cases and 3 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 944 people infected and 5 deaths.

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

Good News

Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public [LINK]

Kennels go empty after every animal gets adopted at Colorado shelter amid outbreak [LINK]

U.S. Approves Abbott Labs Five-Minute ‘Rapid’ Coronavirus Test [LINK]

MLB uniform maker to make up to 1 million masks, gowns for healthcare workers [LINK]

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, Wife Donating More than $25 Million for COVID-19 Relief [LINK]

Google donates $800 million in cash and ads to fight coronavirus [LINK]

Social distancing appears to be working in Oregon, experts say [LINK


Florida man leaves whopping $10K tip for serving staff to split amid coronavirus spread [LINK]

Why the oldest restaurant in San Francisco refuses to lay off a single employee [LINK]


Coronavirus Video Briefings

World Health Organization Briefing



White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing



Governor's Coronavirus Briefing for North Carolina

English


Spanish

General Articles

Coronavirus: NHS staff first to receive 'antigen testing' for COVID-19 [LINK]

Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive [LINK]

China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again [LINK]

96% of small business owners are already feeling coronavirus impact [LINK


Coronavirus cases in India surge to 873, death toll at 19. State-wise tally [LINK]

Watch the impact a large gathering can have over a much wider area in terms of potential virus spread




What we’re learning from Iceland this week is as fascinating as it is crucial to fighting the coronavirus epidemic: That somewhere in the neighborhood of half of everyone testing positive for the coronavirus will show absolutely no symptoms. [LINK]

Rural Coronavirus Cases Increase by 28% in Past Day [LINK]

This map shows how millions of Americans are isolated with no internet during coronavirus pandemic [LINK]

Mayor: Teenager with COVID-19 died after initially being denied care over insurance [LINK]

March 27th Update from Dr John Campbell



With 425 new cases, number of patients in Israel rises to 3,460
50 of the diagnosed are in serious condition, 73 moderate; majority are staying at home under monitoring; country preparing for potential full closure this week [LINK]

The Toughest Triage — Allocating Ventilators in a Pandemic [LINK]

These 29 photos will show you what the COVID-19 pandemic looks like around the world [LINK]

OVER 900 FLORIDA HEALTHCARE WORKERS SIGN PETITION ASKING GOVERNOR TO ORDER PEOPLE TO SHELTER IN PLACE AMID COVID-19 [LINK]

Coronavirus pandemic could inflict emotional trauma and PTSD on an unprecedented scale, scientists warn [LINK]

LA mayor says city is likely 5 days away from coronavirus reaching NYC-level [LINK]

Bill Gates: Entire country needs to shut down for 6-10 weeks to effectively fight coronavirus [LINK]

Over 500 NYPD members test positive for coronavirus [LINK]

‘They Need Us’: Cuomo Urges Strength as NY Cases Near 46K, More Than 600 Dead
Hospitals are stretched to capacity -- and being asked to stretch further -- as the peak of the crisis threatens to hit earlier than projected; to date, more than 56,000 have been infected and 738 have died in NY, NJ and CT [LINK]

High Schoolers & College Students May Not Be Eligible For Stimulus Checks [LINK

Endangered gorillas at risk of coronavirus
Congo’s Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, is barring visitors until 1 June [LINK]



Research

Investigation into how smoking impacts patients [LINK]

Simulating an epidemic



Respiratory Health for Better COVID-19 Outcomes [LINK]

Sweden refuses to lockdown the country in 'huge experiment' on coronavirus [LINK

Bad People

CORONAVIRUS
Woman who coughed on $35K worth of grocery store food charged with four felonies [LINK]

Austin company looking to dock paychecks for those receiving stimulus checks [LINK]

Watch: Amazon delivery driver caught SPITTING ON PACKAGE, leaves it on customer’s front porch [LINK]

Archive


March 27th Updates [LINK]

March 26th Update [LINK


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Published at 5:30am on Saturday, March 28, 2020


Friday, March 27, 2020

North Carolina Governor Issues Stay at Home in Executive Order #121






The governor of North Carolina has issued Executive Order #121 for North Carolinians to Stay at Home for 30 days, beginning at 5pm on Monday, March30th until April 30th unless rescinded or amended before then.


Governor's Coronavirus Briefing for North Carolina

English

Spanish


The full document has been embedded below so you can read it or download it for yourself.






Some of the text for easier reading.

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and the laws of the State of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED:
Section 1. Stay at Home
1. Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals currently in the State of North
Carolina are ordered to stay at home, their place of residence, or current place of abode, (hereinafter “residence') except as allowed in this Executive Order. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members, consistent with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in this Executive Order. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Operations, or to participate in or access COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations, all as defined below.
Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this Executive Order, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter that meets Social Distancing Requirements. Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are permitted and urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.
2. Prohibited and permitted travel. Only travel for Essential Activities as defined herein is
permitted. People riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements to the greatest extent feasible. This Executive Order allows travel into, within, or out of the State to maintain COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations and Minimum Basic Operations.
3. Leaving the home and travel for Essential Activities is permitted. For purposes of this
Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following Essential Activities:
For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members or persons who are unable to or should not leave their home (including, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional or veterinarian.
For necessary supplies and services. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members or persons who are unable or should not leave their home, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, automobile supplies (including sales, parts, supplies, repair and maintenance), and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences or places of employment.
iii.
For outdoor activity. To engage in outdoor activity, provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements and Mass Gatherings, as defined below, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running, golfing, or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas. However, public playground equipment may increase spread of COVID-19, and therefore shall be closed. These activities are subject to the limitations on events or convenings in Section 3 of this Executive Order.
iv.
For certain types of work. To perform work at businesses authorized to remain open under Section 2 of this Executive Order (which, as defined below, includes Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Operations, and Essential Infrastructure Operations) or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Executive Order, including Minimum Basic Operations.
To take care of others. To care for or assist a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Executive Order. This includes attending weddings and funerals provided individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements and Mass Gatherings as set forth below.
Place of worship. Travel to and from a place of worship.
vii.
To receive goods and services. To receive goods and services provided by a COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation.
viii.
Place of residence. To return to or travel between one's place or places of residence for purposes including, but not limited to, child custody or visitation arrangements.
ix. Volunteering. To volunteer with organizations that provide charitable and social
services. Section 2. COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is necessary to reduce the instances where individuals interact with one another in a manner inconsistent with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth below. Many of those interactions occur at work. At the same time, it is necessary that certain businesses, essential to the response to COVID-19, to the infrastructure of the State and nation, and to the day-to-day life of North Carolinians, remain open. A. In light of the above considerations, non-essential business and operations must cease. All
businesses and operations in the State, except COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations as defined below, are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined below. For clarity, businesses, including home-based businesses, may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).
B. All COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations are directed, to the maximum extent
possible, to direct employees to work from home or telework.
C. For purposes of this Executive Order, a COVID-19 Essential Business and Operation includes
the following businesses, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions.
1. Businesses that meet Social Distancing Requirements. Businesses, not-for-profit
organizations or educational institutions that conduct operations while maintaining Social Distancing Requirements:
a. Between and among its employees; and
b. Between and among employees and customers except at the point of sale or
purchase.
2. Businesses operating in CISA identified sectors. Businesses, not-for-profit
organizations or educational institutions operating in the federal critical infrastructure sectors as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during covid-19 or any subsequent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that amends or replaces said guidance.
3. Healthcare and Public Health Operations. Healthcare and Public Health Operations
includes, but is not limited to: hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; laboratories and laboratory service providers; public health entities, including those that compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information; pharmaceutical, pharmacy medical device and equipment, and biotechnology and agricultural biotechnology companies (including operations, research and development, manufacture, and supply chain); organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials; obstetricians and gynecologists; eye care centers, including those that sell glasses and contact lenses; dietary supplement retailers; naturopathic healthcare providers; home healthcare services providers; local management entities/managed care organizations (LME/MCO); mental health and substance use providers; other healthcare facilities and suppliers and providers of any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, and entities that transport and dispose of medical materials and remains.
Specifically included in Healthcare and Public Health Operations are manufacturers, technicians, logistics, and warehouse operators and distributors of medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products. Healthcare and Public Health Operations also includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals. Healthcare and Public Health Operations shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare, or public health operations broadly defined. Healthcare and Public Health Operations does not include those businesses ordered to close by Executive Order No. 120.
4. Human Services Operations. Human Services Operations includes, but is not limited to:
long-term care facilities; child care centers, family child care homes; residential settings and shelters for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness; transitional facilities; home-based settings to provide services to individuals with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities, seniors, adults, and children; field offices that provide and help to determine eligibility for basic needs, including food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, child support services, vocational services, rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, transportation and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals, individuals with physical, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities, or otherwise needy individuals.
Human Services Operations shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of human services, broadly defined.
5. Essential Infrastructure Operations. Essential Infrastructure Operations includes, but is
not limited to: food and beverage production, distribution, fulfillment centers, storage facilities, construction (including, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long term care facilities, public works construction, school construction, and essential commercial and housing construction); building and grounds management and maintenance including landscaping; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical (including power generation, distribution, and production of raw materials); distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
(including the provision of essential global, national and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
Essential Infrastructure Operations shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to essential infrastructure, broadly defined.
6. Essential Governmental Operations. Essential Governmental Operations means all
services provided by the State or any municipality, township, county, political subdivision, board, commission or agency of government and needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies or to provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public, and including contractors performing Essential Governmental Operations. Each government body shall determine its Essential Governmental Operations and identify employees and/or contractors necessary to the performance of those functions.
For purposes of this Executive Order, all first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, legislators, judges, court personnel, jurors and grand jurors, law enforcement and corrections personnel, hazardous materials responders, child protection and child welfare personnel, housing and shelter personnel, military, and other governmental employees working for or to support COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations are categorically exempt from this Executive Order.
This Executive Order does not apply to the United States government. Nothing in this Executive Order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing Essential Governmental Operations. Nothing in this Executive Order rescinds, amends, or otherwise modifies Section 2 of Executive Order No. 120.
7. Stores that sell groceries and medicine. Grocery stores, pharmacies, certified farmers'
rkets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of groceries, canned food, dry goods, frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, prepared food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products), and specifically includes their supply chain and administrative support operations. This includes stores that sell groceries, medicine, including medication not requiring a medical prescription, and also that sell other non grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.
8. Food, beverage production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing,
production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, forestry, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; and businesses that provide food, shelter, services and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities.
9. Organizations that provide charitable and social services. Businesses as well as
religious and secular not-for-profit organizations,
ir not-for-profit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.
10. Religious entities. Religious facilities, entities, groups, gatherings, including funerals.
Also, services, counseling, pastoral care, and other activities provided by religious organizations to the members of their faith community. All of these functions are subject to the limitations on events or convenings in Section 3 of this Executive Order.
11. Media. Newspapers, television, radio, film, and other media services.
12. Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation. Gas stations and auto supply,
sales, tire, auto-repair, roadside assistance and towing services, farm equipment, construction equipment, boat repair, and related facilities and bicycle shops and related facilities.
13. Financial and insurance institutions. Bank, currency exchanges, consumer lenders,
t limited to, pawnbrokers, consumer installment lenders and sales finance lenders, credit unions, appraisers, title companies, financial markets, trading and futures exchanges, affiliates of financial institutions, entities that issue bonds, related financial institutions, and institutions selling financial products. Also insurance companies, underwriters, agents, brokers, and related insurance claims and agency services.
14. Home improvement, hardware and supply stores. Home improvement, building
supply, hardware stores, and businesses that sell building materials and supplies, electrical, plumbing, and heating materials.
15. Critical trades. Building and construction tradesmen and tradeswomen, and other trades,
including but not limited to, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, cleaning services, moving and relocation services, landscaping and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations. This includes organizations that represent employees.
16. Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery, and pick-up services. Post offices and other
businesses that provide shipping and delivery services, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, goods, vehicles or services to end users or through commercial channels.
17. Educational institutions. Educational institutions including public and private pre-K-12
schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that the Social Distancing Requirements set forth below of this Executive Order are maintained to the greatest extent possible. This Executive Order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior Executive Orders regarding the closure of public schools.
18. Laundry services. Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services, and laundry
service providers.
19. Restaurants for consumption off-premises. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare
and serve food, but only for consumption off-premises, through such means as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up, and carry-out. Schools and other entities that provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Executive Order when the food is provided for carry-out, drive through or delivery. This Executive Order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior COVID-19 related Executive Orders restricting the operations of restaurants and temporarily closing bars.
20. Supplies to work from home. Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply office supply
products or other products needed for people to work from home.
21. Supplies for COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations. Businesses that sell,
manufacture, support, or supply other COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations with the service or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; payroll processing and related services; IT and telecommunication equipment; elections personnel and election-related equipment supplies; hardware, paint, flat glass, electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products, food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; and diagnostics,
food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent.
22. Transportation. Airlines, taxis, automobile dealers, transportation network providers
(such as Uber and Lyft), vehicle rental services, paratransit, trains, marinas, docks, boat storage, and other private, public, and commercial transportation and logistics providers, and public transportation necessary to access COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.
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23. Home-based care and services. Home-based care for adults, seniors, children, and/or
people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness, including caregivers such as nannies who may travel to the child's home to provide care, and other in-home services including meal delivery.
24. Residential facilities and shelters. Residential facilities and shelters for adults, seniors,
children, pets, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, victims of domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness.
25. Professional services. Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services,
insurance services, professional engineering and architectural services, land surveying services, real estate services (including brokerage, appraisal and title services) and tax preparation services.
26. Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.
Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, healthcare, chemicals and sanitization, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture, food and beverage, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, communications, as well as products used or commonly sold by other COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.
27. Defense and military contractors. Defense and military contractors that develop
products, processes, equipment, technology, and related services that serve the United States military, national defense, and national security interests.
28. Hotels and motels. Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry
out food services.
29. Funeral Services. Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services.
These services are subject to the limitations on events or convenings in Section 3 of this Executive Order.
30. Additional COVID-19 Essential Retail Businesses. Additional COVID-19 Essential
Retail Businesses are:
Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology; Lawn and garden equipment retailers; Book stores that sell educational material; Beer, wine, and liquor stores; Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores; Retail located within healthcare facilities; Pet and feed stores.
D. All COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations shall, to the extent practicable, maintain
the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in this Executive Order.
E. “Social Distancing Requirements” as used in this Executive Order means:
a. maintaining at least six (6) feet distancing from other individuals;
b. washing hands using soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently
as possible or the use of hand sanitizer;
c. regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
d. facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.
F. Businesses excluded from the list of COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations set forth
in this Executive Order who believe that they may be essential may direct requests to be included to the North Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”). The Department may grant such request if it determines that it is in the best interest of the State to have the business continue operations in order to properly respond to this COVID-19 pandemic. The Department shall post on its website a point of contact and procedure for businesses seeking to be designated as essential. A business that has made a request to the Department to be included as a COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation may continue to operate until that request is acted upon.
G. Businesses that are not COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations are required to cease
all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined below. Businesses that are not COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations should comply with Social Distancing Requirements, to the maximum extent possible, when carrying out their Minimum Basic Operations.
As used in this Executive Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following:
i) The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory,
preserve the condition of the business's physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or related functions.
ii) The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to
continue to work remotely from their residences.
H. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Executive Order, the businesses, not-for-profit
organizations and educational institutions that were ordered closed by Executive Order Nos. 118 and 120 shall remain closed.
Section 3. Mass Gatherings
For the reasons and pursuant to the authority set forth above:
A. Section 1(a) of Executive Order Nos. 117 and 120 is rescinded and replaced as follows:
1. A mass gathering is defined as any event or convening that brings together more than
ten (10) persons in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs and festivals.
2. A mass gathering does not include normal operations at airports, bus and train stations,
medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers. It also does not include any
COVID-19 Essential Business or Operation as defined in this Executive Order.
3. Notwithstanding the above, and in an effort to promote human dignity and limit
suffering, funerals are permitted to include no more than fifty (50) persons, while observing Social Distancing Requirements to the extent practicable.
4. Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. $$ 166A-19.30(a)(2), -19.30(c) the provisions of this
section shall be enforced by state and local law enforcement officers.
The remainder of Executive Order Nos. 117 and 120 continue to be in effect.
Section 4. Local Orders
A. The undersigned recognizes that the impact of COVID-19 has been and will likely continue to
be different in different parts of North Carolina. Urban areas have seen more rapid and significant spread than most rural areas of the state. As such, the undersigned acknowledges that counties and cities may deem it necessary to adopt ordinances and issue state of emergency declarations which impose restrictions or prohibitions to the extent authorized under North Carolina law, such as on the activity of people and businesses, to a greater degree than in this
Executive Order. To that end, nothing herein is intended to limit or prohibit counties and cities in North Carolina from enacting ordinances and issuing state of emergency declarations which impose greater restrictions or prohibitions to the extent authorized under North Carolina law.
B. Notwithstanding the language in paragraph (A) of this Section, no county or city ordinance or
declaration shall have the effect of restricting or prohibiting COVID-19 Essential Governmental Operations of the State as determined by the State.
C. Nothing in this Executive Order rescinds, amends, or otherwise modifies Section 2 of
Executive Order No. 120.
Section 5. Savings Clause
If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person or circumstances is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, this invalidity does not affect any other provision or application of this Executive Order, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Executive Order are declared to be severable.
Section 6. Enforcement
A. Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. $ 166A-19.30(a) (2), the provisions of this Executive Order shall
be enforced by state and local law enforcement officers.
B. A violation of this Executive Order may be subject to prosecution pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat.
§ 166A-19.30(d), and is punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-288.20A.
C. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to preempt or overrule a court order
regarding an individual's conduct (e.g., a Domestic Violence Protection Order or similar orders limiting an individual's access to a particular place).
Section 7. Effective Date
This Executive Order is effective Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00pm, and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days from that date or unless repealed, replaced, or rescinded by another applicable Executive Order. An Executive Order rescinding the Declaration of the State of Emergency will automatically rescind this Executive Order.





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Published at 4:12pm on Friday, March 27, 2020