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Thursday, September 16, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 16, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

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Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News
Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
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Introduction

Numbers released on Thursday, September 16th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News




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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) As of 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 there are 170 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 133 at Mission Hospital; 5 at Angel Medical Center; 12 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 1 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 12 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 7 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.


See the COVID-19 Report from one year ago today at [MaconMedia.com]




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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

4579 Detected
(+27 from yesterday and +278 from last week and +895 in four weeks and +4002 or 679.74% from one year ago)

420 Active
(+10 (+2.44%) from yesterday and +109 (+35.05%) from last week and +212 (+101.92%) in four weeks and +407 or +3130.77% from one year ago

4105 Recovered
(+17 from yesterday and +164 from last week and +672 in four weeks and +3551 (640.97%) from one year ago)

54 Deaths
(unchanged (0%) from yesterday and +5 (+10.02%) from last week and +11 (+25.58%) in four weeks and +47 or 671.43% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11767 by Macon County Public Health
(+39 from yesterday and +443 from last week and +1408 in four weeks and +6501 or +123.45% from one year ago)

13705 by Others
(+52 from yesterday and +381 from last week and +1873 in four weeks and +11691 or 580.49% from one year ago)

25472 Total Tests
(+91 from yesterday and +824 from last week and +2981 in four weeks and +18192 or 249.89% from one year ago)

248 tests pending results
(-55 from yesterday and +46 from last week and +115 in four weeks and +192 or 342.86% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
+28 from yesterday
28 given this week

780 Vaccines in Inventory
-15 from yesterday

-84 this week

13016 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
28 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 10, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 15 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 62 students and 4 staff
Currently Posivitve 21 students and 2 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 0 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 42 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 8 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 32 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 56 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 19 students and 4 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 3 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 1 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 266
Students Positive 65
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 36
Total Students Out of School 331

Staff Quarantined 12
Staff Positive 12
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 32
Total Staff Out of School 24
Substitues Quarantined 1 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 1


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Published at 6:10pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Weather Briefing for Thursday, September 16, 2021


Here is a truncated weather report for today. 

 
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Local News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County, September 15, 2021 [MaconMedia.com]

• [Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff Until Sunset Friday, September 17 in Honor of Former NC State House Rep. James E. Snyder Jr. ]

• [Inspiration-4 Launch Coverage]

• [Franklin Town Council Chooses Whitmire Property for Public Skatepark]

COVID-19 Update from Director of Public Health Kathy McGaha



The above video is a segment of the September 2021 County Commissioner meeting featuring the COVID-19 Update from Kathy McGaha, the Director of the Macon County Public Health Department. The full meeting has been embedded below. 

Macon County Commissioners - September 2021



A 9/11 Remembrance event was held in the Panther Pit on Saturday [MaconMedia.com]





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Scattered showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers, mainly before 3am. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rainfall is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rainfall is 40%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph by midmorning. Chance of rain is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the east. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.




Otto area

Today

Showers likely, mainly in the mid-to-late afternoon. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered showers. Patchy fog after 9pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 80. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.




Nantahala area

Today

Scattered showers, mainly after 11am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Tonight Scattered showers, mainly before 1am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Friday A slight chance of showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. Saturday A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Chance of rain is 40%. Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a chance of showers between 7pm and 9pm. Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 30%.


Hazards and Tropical Weather

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop today across the region. The primary hazards today will be cloud to ground lightning as well as brief heavy rainfall that could prompt localized flash flooding issues.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Sep 16 2021

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

The Weather Prediction Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Nicholas, located inland over southwestern Louisiana.

1. Showers and thunderstorms have changed little in organization in association with an area of low pressure located more than 500 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. In addition, earlier satellite derived winds indicated the system also lacks a well-defined center. However, environmental conditions are still expected to remain conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next couple of days. This system is expected to move westward to west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic during the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. Shower activity remains poorly organized in association with a broad low pressure system located several hundred miles to the south-southeast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is still likely to form during the next day or two while the system moves north-northwestward to northward off the southeast U.S. coast. Regardless of development, this system could bring high surf to portions of the southeast and mid-Atlantic U.S. coasts later this week. Additional information on this system, including gale warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center.

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

3. A tropical wave located just inland over Africa is expected to emerge off the west coast of Africa in the next day or so. Thereafter, environmental conditions are forecast to be somewhat conducive for additional development while the system moves west-northwestward to northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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Published at 4:00am on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Lowering of US and NC Flags to Half-Staff Until Sunset Friday, September 17 in Honor of Former NC State House Rep. James E. Snyder Jr.



Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning today September 15, 2021, until sunset on Friday, September 17, 2021, in honor of former Republican North Carolina State House Representative James E. Snyder Jr. who passed away on Sunday. A Lexington, North Carolina native, Snyder served his father's unexpired term in the NC General Assembly from 1971 to 1972, representing the state's 31st District.

Services for Snyder will be held on Friday, September 17th at First Baptist Church in Lexington, North Carolina.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags 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.



Published at 6:10pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 15, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

Back to Top
Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News

Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
Support Macon Media




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Introduction

Numbers released on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News

Macon County Director of Public Health gave an update to the county commissioners last night. Here is that segment of the meeting. COVID-19 Update from Director of Public Health Kathy McGaha



Update on Macon County Detention Center COVID-19 Outbreak

Vistiation has been suspended at the Macon County Detention Facility on September 8th after a person who had tested positive entered the facilty.

The Macon County Sheriffs Office reports some of the COVID-19 tests taken after a person who had tested positive entered the facility have returned. Out of 85 suspected exposures, 83 were tested and 2 refused (the refusals were quarantined and monitored). 82 of the 83 tests have been processed and 24 were positive (all were male inmates) and 58 were negative (a mixture of inmates and staff).

As a result of the number of staff out due to being quarantined, the sheriff is asking citizens to consider putting off applying for Concealed Carry Paermits (CCP) for a couple of weeks.”
Superior Court begins this week: Inmates who have tested positive for Covid19 will Not be transported out of our facility to Superior Court tomorrow but arrangements will be made for video conferencing if it is deemed necessary to appear for any court proceedings.


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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) As of 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, there are 160 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 124 at Mission Hospital; 6 at Angel Medical Center; 11 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 1 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 10 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 8 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.


See the COVID-19 Report from one year ago today at [MaconMedia.com]




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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

4552 Detected
(+65 from yesterday and +302 from last week and +902 in four weeks and +3978 or 693.03% from one year ago)

410 Active
(+15 (+3.80%) from yesterday and +107 (+35.31%) from last week and +199 (+94.31%) in four weeks and +397 or +3053.85% from one year ago

4088 Recovered
(+50 from yesterday and +190 from last week and +697 in four weeks and +3534 (637.41%) from one year ago)

54 Deaths
(unchanged (0%) from yesterday and +5 (+10.02%) from last week and +12 (+28.57%) in four weeks and +47 or 671.43% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11728 by Macon County Public Health
(+139 from yesterday and +496 from last week and +1411 in four weeks and +6462 or +122.71% from one year ago)

13653 by Others
(+33 from yesterday and +560 from last week and +1521 in four weeks and +11639 or 577.90% from one year ago)

25381 Total Tests
(+172 from yesterday and +1056 from last week and +2932 in four weeks and +18101 or 248.64% from one year ago)

303 tests pending results
(+249 from yesterday and -64 from last week and +117 in four weeks and +247 or 441.71% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


28 Vaccines Given Today
+28 from yesterday
28 given this week

795 Vaccines in Inventory
-69 from yesterday

-69 this week

13016 Total Vaccines Given
+28 from yesterday
28 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 10, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 15 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 62 students and 4 staff
Currently Posivitve 21 students and 2 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 0 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 42 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 8 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 32 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 56 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 19 students and 4 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 3 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 1 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 266
Students Positive 65
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 36
Total Students Out of School 331

Staff Quarantined 12
Staff Positive 12
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 32
Total Staff Out of School 24
Substitues Quarantined 1 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 1


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Published at 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Inspiration-4 Launch Coverage



Tonight, SpaceX will be launching four civilians into space from Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The mission is called Inspiration-4 and will be in orbit for three days at an altitude than the International Space Station. Since they are not going to the International Space Station, the launch window is larger than the one second, it is five hours long, and starts at 8:02pm Eastern Time.

Scott Manley has an informational video about the flight.

SpaceX's Latest Crew Mission Is Unlike Any Other



For those of you who are Netflix subscribers, there are a series of videos about the people who will be going into orbit. [Countdown: Inspiration4 MIssion to Space]

Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman is paying SpaceX to launch 4 people (including Isaacman) into space as part of a fundraiser for St Judes Children Hospital. The mission aims to promote four values: leadership, hope, generosity, and prosperity. The goal is to raise $200 million, and Jared Isaacman has donated $100 million toward that goal, as well as the cost of the mission itself. 

Learn the various ways of how to contribute at [Inspiration4 and St. Jude].

The Spacecraft Commander is Jared Isaacman, the Pilot is Sian Proctor, the Chief Medical Officer is Hayley Arceneaux, and the Mission Specialist is Christopher Sembroski. This will be the first spaceflight for all crew members. Mission Homepage.

Here are the various webcasts to watch the launch:

Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space Live Launch | Netflix (Live at 7pm)



Inspiration4 | Launch (SpaceX Feed)



LIVE: SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch



[LIVE 3 MILES AWAY!!!] Watch SpaceX launch 4 civilians into orbit for Inspiration 4!!!







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Published at 4:45pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Franklin Town Council Chooses Whitmire Property for Public Skatepark

The Franklin Town Council met late Monday afternoon on September 13th, to consider the merits of three locations for a proposed public skatepark in the city limits. The council started their investigation at the Whitmire Property in East Franklin. They considered three locations at Whitmire, the first being in the middle of the upper field next to Van Raalte Street, then a section of the property near Van Raalte Street and Hill Street, then the corner nearest the intersection of Van Raalte Street and First Street. During the course of their discussions, the councilors dismissed the county-owned property in Frogtown next to the dog park on Phillips Street due to the perceived delay in getting approval from the county commissioners, the property surveyed, etc.

The council then voted to move to the Town Memorial Park (formerly known as the Jaycees Memorial Park) to consider the merits of that location. Included in the discussion were concerns about flooding, maintenance due to flooding, and the potential for worsening future flooding, and the coming water and sewer project that will involve installing underground pipes in the area where the skatepark would be placed. It was also noted that the availability of construction equipment was severely time-limited due to JE Dunn Construction having to move the equipment in use at the future Angel Medical Center to new projects. 

The town council, upon consideration of all these factors, voted unanimously to place the park in the northeast corner of the White Property closest to the intersection of Van Raalte Street and First Street, on the southwest side of a parking lot being used by Tricorn.

A video of the most pertinent portions of the conversations is posted below.

Franklin Town Council Skatepark Field Trip (09-13-2021)



Some of the photos taken during the field trip:


















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Published at 3:20pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 14, 2021



Here is an index to assist you in moving from section to section within the article.

Back to Top
Introduction
Developing COVID-19 News

Mission-HCA Patient Report
Detected, Active, Recovered, and Deaths
Testing Statistics
Vaccine Delivery Statistics
Macon County Public Schools Report
Support Macon Media




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Introduction

Numbers released on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th, 2020, when the health department started releasing numbers to the public. Numbers from the Macon County Public Schools have been added after the Vaccine Report and are more conveniently accessed via the Table of Contents at the top of this article.


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Developing COVID-19 News

Macon County Director of Public Health gave an update to the county commissioners last night. Here is that segment of the meeting. During her report, she reported the positivity rate during testing is 26.53% (this is on a 7-day rolling average). The local death rate is 1.2%. This is one of the statistics that the health department does not share in their daily or weekly reporting to the public nor the news media in their reporting.

COVID-19 Update from Director of Public Health Kathy McGaha



Update on Macon County Detention Center COVID-19 Outbreak

Vistiation has been suspended at the Macon County Detention Facility on September 8th after a person who had tested positive entered the facilty.

The Macon County Sheriffs Office reports some of the COVID-19 tests taken after a person who had tested positive entered the facility have returned. Out of 85 suspected exposures, 83 were tested and 2 refused (the refusals were quarantined and monitored). 82 of the 83 tests have been processed and 24 were positive (all were male inmates) and 58 were negative (a mixture of inmates and staff).

As a result of the number of staff out due to being quarantined, the sheriff is asking citizens to consider putting off applying for Concealed Carry Paermits (CCP) for a couple of weeks.”
Superior Court begins this week: Inmates who have tested positive for Covid19 will Not be transported out of our facility to Superior Court tomorrow but arrangements will be made for video conferencing if it is deemed necessary to appear for any court proceedings.


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Mission-HCA Patient Report

[editor's note: once enough data has been collected, Macon Media will begin producing a chart for this staistic) As of 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, there are 165 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 128 at Mission Hospital; 6 at Angel Medical Center; 11 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 1 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 10 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 9 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Message from Macon Public Health

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19; however, anyone of any age can become infected with this illness. Therefore, we ask that community members strictly follow the governor’s recommendations and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a safe and effective prevention tool.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2081 to schedule an appointment for a test. To register and schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 828-349-2081.


Here is a new chart that may be of some use to the public. It measures the change in the numbers of detected COVID-19 cases from Friday to Friday as a percentage change from the previous Friday. It starts on Friday, May 20th, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.


See the COVID-19 Report from one year ago today at [MaconMedia.com]




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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

4487 Detected
(+26 from yesterday and +278 from last week and +878 in four weeks and +3913 or 681.71% from one year ago)

395 Active
(-1 (-.003%) from yesterday and +113 (+40.07%) from last week and +196 (+98.49%) in four weeks and +381 or +2721.29% from one year ago

4038 Recovered
(+27 from yesterday and +160 from last week and +669 in four weeks and +34858 (630.20%) from one year ago)

54 Deaths
(unchanged (0%) from yesterday and +5 (+10.02%) from last week and +13 (+31.71%) in four weeks and +47 or 671.43% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11589 by Macon County Public Health
(+58 from yesterday and +444 from last week and +1308 in four weeks and +6323 or +120.07% from one year ago)

13620 by Others
(+227 from yesterday and +304 from last week and +1553 in four weeks and +11712 or 613.84% from one year ago)

25209 Total Tests
(+285 from yesterday and +1048 from last week and +2861 in four weeks and +18035 or 251.40% from one year ago)

54 tests pending results
(unchanged from yesterday and -215 from last week and -105 in four weeks and -34 or -38.64% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
unchanged from yesterday
0 given this week

864 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

unchanged this week

12988 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
0 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, September 10, 2021

Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 15 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 62 students and 4 staff
Currently Posivitve 21 students and 2 staff

Highlands School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 0 staff

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 16 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 1 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 2 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 42 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 8 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 32 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 1 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 56 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 19 students and 4 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 4 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 3 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 1 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 266
Students Positive 65
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 36
Total Students Out of School 331

Staff Quarantined 12
Staff Positive 12
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 32
Total Staff Out of School 24
Substitues Quarantined 1 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 1


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Weather Briefing for Wednesday, September 15, 2021


Here is a truncated weather report for today. 

  OUTLOOK

Our weather pattern will turn unsettled today as a cold front approaches from the northwest, combined with some moisture associated with Tropical Depression Nicholas. Daily chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast through the upcoming weekend as the front stalls across the region. Temperatures will remain above-normal.

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Local News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County, September 13, 2021 [MaconMedia.com]

COVID-19 Update from Director of Public Health Kathy McGaha



The above video is a segment of the September 2021 County Commissioner meeting featuring the COVID-19 Update from Kathy McGaha, the Director of the Macon County Public Health Department. The full meeting has been embedded below. 

Macon County Commissioners - September 2021



The Franklin Town Council has unanimously voted to install a skate park on the corner of the Whitmire property nearest the intersection of 1st Street and Van Raalte Street. Video of the meeting will be published later today.

A 9/11 Remembrance event was held in the Panther Pit on Saturday [MaconMedia.com]





National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Friday Night


Franklin area

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the south around 5 mph by noon. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs near 70. Winds out of the southeast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 40%.




Otto area

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 70s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then isolated showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Light winds out of the southeast. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s.




Nantahala area

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. Calm winds. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of showers before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 70s. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.


Hazards and Tropical Weather

Shower and thunderstorm chances increase this afternoon into this evening as moisture associated with Tropical Depression Nicholas is transported into the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. The main potential impacts with any thunderstorms that develop are cloud- to-ground lightning, gusty winds, and slow moving storms leading to locally heavy rainfall.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK





Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Sep 15 2021

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued its last advisory on Tropical Depression Nicholas, located just west of the Texas and Louisiana border. Future advisories on Nicholas will be issued by the Weather Prediction Center.

1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure area located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to remain conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next couple of days while the system moves generally westward at about 15 mph across the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent.

2. A trough of low pressure located a few hundred miles northeast of the central Bahamas is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear marginally conducive for gradual development during the next few days, and a tropical depression is likely to form while the system moves north-northwestward to northward across the western Atlantic.

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

3. A tropical wave is expected to emerge off of the west coast of Africa toward the end of the week. Thereafter, environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for development while the system moves generally west-northwestward to northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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Published at 4:30am on Wednesday, September 15, 2021