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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Weather Briefing for Thursday, February 25, 2021



OUTLOOK

A relatively dry cold front crosses our region from the northwest late tonight and Thursday, then stall to our south setting up an active weather pattern through the weekend. Waves of low pressure will cross from west to east into the start of next week. Expect dry high pressure to build over our area later next week.


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News Highlights

• NCDOT Develops New Plan for Highlands Paving Plan saves weeks under ideal conditions [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• Franklin Town Council - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Saturday Night


Franklin area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 40. Calm winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of rain before 7am, then showers, mainly after 7am. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows around 50.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the upper 50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Calm winds increasing to come out of the east around 5 mph after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of rain before 7am, then showers, mainly after 7am. Highs near 40. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with lows around 35. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the lower 50s.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the north 3 to 5 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of rain before 7am, then showers, mainly after 7am. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph by midmorning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southeast 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 50.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows around 50.

Nantahala area

Today

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 50. Calm winds increasing in the morning increasing to come out of the northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 40. Light and variable winds. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of rain before 7am, then showers, mainly after 7am. Highs in the mid-40s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Winds out of the sSoutheast 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 60.

Saturday Night

Showers likely, mainly after 4am. Cloudy, with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.8 out of 12) today with Elm, Juniper, and Alder being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a muchlower, in the low range (2.0 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 25th


Highest Temperature 77°F in Highlands in 1930
Lowest Temperature -5°F in Highlands in 1967
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.20 inches in Franklin in 1875
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 8.0 inches in Highlands in 1894


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 3:35am on Thursday, February 25, 2021



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

COVID-19 Briefing for 02-24-2021



National and State Briefing

• Governor Cooper to Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Period of Improving Metrics [LINK]

Nearly 600,000 people in a large Israeli health care organization were followed after vaccination for infection, hospitalization, and severe COVID19. Estimated vaccine effectiveness in preventing death was 72% after the first dose, and hospitalization was reduced by 92%. [LINK

NIH launches new initiative to study "Long COVID"  [LINK

The Johnson and Johnson Vaccine at the FDA  [LINK



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Local Briefing

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 Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

CATEGORY MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Vaccines Given Today 4 368 439 x x 811
Inventory 800 446 780 x x 780
Vaccines Given (total) 4378 4748 5185 x x 5185

(note--these numbers are on the day reported, not necessarily given since some shots may be given after the daily report is published, Also, there are often more shots in the vials than reported on the manifest, so total shots will not match reported inventory) 

POSITIVE CASES IN THE SCHOOLS THIS WEEK


SCHOOL MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Cartoogechaye 0 0 0 x x 0
East Franklin 0 0 0 x x 0
Franklin High 4 1 1 x x 6
Highlands 1 0 0 x x 1
Iotla Valley 0 0 0 x x 0
Macon Early 0 0 0 x x 0
Macon Middle 1 0 0 x x 1
Mountain View 0 0 0 x x 0
Nantahala 0 0 0 x x 0
South Macon 1 0 0 x x 1
Union Academy 1 0 0 x x 1
TOTALS FOR DAY81 1 x x 10



Cases in Macon County


2950 Detected
(+5 from Tuesday and +43 from last Wednesday and +337 from four weeks ago)

55 Active
unchanged from Tuesday and +64 last Wednesday and -472 from four weeks ago)

2865 Recovered
(+5 from Tuesday and +64 last Wednesday and +797 from four weeks ago)

30 Deaths
(unchanged from Tuesday and +3 from last Wednesday and +12 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9192 by MCPH
+14 from Tuesday and +93 from last Wednesday and +599 from four weeks ago)

8314 by Others
(+23 from Tuesday and +532 from last Wednesday and +1371 from four weeks ago)

17506 total
(+37 from Tuesday and +625 from last Wednesday and +1970 from four weeks ago)

85 tests pending results
(-3 from Tuesday and +7 from last Wednesday and -153 from four weeks ago)








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Published at 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NCDOT Develops New Plan for Highlands Paving
Plan saves weeks under ideal conditions




PRESS RELEASE

NCDOT


HIGHLANDS – N.C. Department of Transportation officials, a paving contractor and town officials have developed a plan to resurface state roads in the town limits with limited interruptions by working from intersection to intersection in a 24-hour period.

Harrison Construction of Asheville will begin milling, paving and painting operations on March 15. The contract calls for completion by Memorial Day weekend starting on May 28. Yet the plan — if it goes uninterrupted by weather — calls for completion much earlier.

“Engineers have worked diligently with all parties involved to create the best plan,” Division 14 Construction Engineer Mitchell Bishop said. “We considered various options including working one side of a road at a time, but that adds an additional week and a half. This plan drastically reduces delays and returns people to the resurfaced roads as soon as possible.”

The following plan is based on good weather conditions with no unforeseen issues. Dates are subject to change based on daily inclement weather. All lanes will be open on Easter weekend.

Yet traffic must drive on milled surfaces between tasks on occasion. The prelude to resurfacing potentially begins on the night of March 1 with overnight closures, one intersection at a time with no detour, for installation of signal-loop detectors at traffic signals.

The phases correspond with the attached map for a visual representation of the plan. A link to the map will be available online and drivers may follow NCDOT on social media for current traffic conditions.

Phase 1
-Day time operation install detour to route traffic (March 15)
•    Detour Main Street to 1st street to 2nd Street back to Main Street
-Night operation (March 15 into March 16)
•    Mill entire area from 1st Street to 2nd Street
-Daytime operation (March 16) 
•    Pave entire area from 1st Street to 2nd Street (March 16)
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots) 

Phase 2 
-Night operation 
•    Install closure/detour of Main Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street (March16 into March 17)
•    Mill entire area from 2nd Street to 3rd Street 
-Daytime Operation 
•    Pave entire area from 2nd Street to 3rd Street (March 17) 
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots)

Phase 3 
-Night Operation
•    Install closure/detour of Main Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street (March17 into March 18)
•    Mill entire area from 3rd Street to 4th Street
-Daytime Operation
•    Pave area from 3rd Street to 4th Street (March 18)
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots) 

Phase 4
-Night Operation
•    Install closure/detour of Main Street from 4th Street to 5th Street (March18 into March 19)
•    Mill entire area from 4th Street to 5th Street
-Daytime Operation
•    Pave area from 4th Street to 5th Street (March 19)
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots)

Phase 5
-Night Operation
•    Install closure/detour of Main Street from 5th Street to end of project. (March 22 into March 23)
•    Mill entire area from 5th Street to end of project
-Daytime Operation
•    Pave area from 5th Street to end of project (March 23)
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots)

Phase 6 
-Night operation 
•    Install closure/detour (U.S. 64) from Main Street to the Maple Street intersection (March 23 into 24)
•    Mill entire area (U.S. 64) Main Street to Maple Street
-Daytime operation 
•    Pave area from (U.S. 64) Main Street to Maple Street (March 24)
•    At the end of the paving operation, main-line striping (everything except parking spots)

Phase 7 
-Night operation 
•    Install closure Main Street to Spring Street (March 24 into March 25)
•    Mill entire area Main Street to Spring Street
-Day time operation 
•    Pave area from Main Street to Spring Street (March 25)
•    At the end of the operation, main-line striping (everything except the parking spots)
.

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Published at 4:39pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Governor to Ease Pandemic Restrictions After Period of Improving Metrics



At today's Coronavirus Taskforce Briefing, Governor Cooper has signed an executive order to begin easing certain pandemic restrictions beginning at 5pm this Friday (Feb 26th). In the article below are copies of a press release, the executive order, as well as an embedded video of the excerpt of the briefing where the Director of the NCDHHS and Governor share data about the improving metrics and the details of the restrictions that are being eased.

PRESS RELEASE
GOVERNOR ROY COOPER


As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at 5 pm and will expire March 26th at 5 pm.

“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious. People are losing their loved ones each day,” said Governor Cooper. “We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.”

“Keep wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart, and washing your hands. We’ve seen in the past how fragile progress can be, so we need to keep protecting each other while we get everyone a spot to get their shot,” said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Today’s Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space.

30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces)

• Bars
• Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
• Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
• Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
• Movie Theatres
• Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments)
• Sports Arenas and Fields*
•Venues*
* -Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250 person limit if they follow additional safety measures up to 15% capacity.

50% Capacity Limit

•Restaurants
•Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries
•Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities)
•Pools
•Museums and Aquariums
•Retailers
•Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks
•Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors

Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said.

Today marks the first day of eligibility for teachers to receive vaccination as the state begins to expand access to group 3 essential workers. Due to manufacturers’ shipping delays caused by inclement weather, DHHS continues to work with providers to administer both last week’s shipment and this week’s shipment this week and continue to exhaust first dose supply before next week’s shipment arrives.

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

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

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

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days

• North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is decreasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days

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

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days

• North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is decreasing.

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

Testing

• Testing is widely available across the state.

Tracing Capability

• There have been more than 716,610 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

Personal Protective Equipment

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

Excerpt of Briefing



Slides
[DOWNLOAD OR VIEW PDF]



Full Briefing



Executive Order #195
[DOWNLOAD OR VIEW PDF]



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Published at 3:55pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, February 24, 2021



OUTLOOK

Dry and mild high pressure will track east along the Gulf Coast into Wednesday. A mostly dry frontal passage is expected Thursday. This front will then stall to our south as waves of low pressure begin to ride along the front increasing our rain chances through the weekend. A more significant weather system could potentially impact our weather around the middle of next week.


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News Highlights

• COVID-19 Briefing for 02-23-2021 [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners regular meeting for February 2021 [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

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

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 60s. Light winds out of the north.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph shifting to come out of the northwest after midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph early becoming light and variable by midmorning.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s. Light winds out of the northeast.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs near 40. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 62. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph by midmorning.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with highs in the mid-40s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the lower 40s.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (8.8 out of 12) today with Elm, Juniper, and Alder being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a little lower, but still in the medium-high range (8.4 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 24th


Highest Temperature 75°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2018
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1989
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.42 inches in Nantahala in 1975
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 5.2 inches in Highlands in 2015


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 3:30am on Wednesday, February 24, 2021



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

COVID-19 Briefing for 02-23-2021



National Briefing

• Real-time analysis of a mass vaccination effort via an Artificial Intelligence platform confirms the safety of FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Preprint Research Paper) [LINK]

U.S. Will Have Enough Vaccine for 130 Million by End of March [LINK

U.S. administers 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC [LINK




VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

CATEGORY MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Vaccines Given Today 4 368 x x x x
Inventory 800 446 x x x x
Vaccines Given (total) 4378 4748 x x x x

(note--these numbers are on the day reported, not necessarily given since some shots may be given after the daily report is published, Also, there are often more shots in the vials than reported on the manifest, so total shots will not match reported inventory) 

POSITIVE CASES IN THE SCHOOLS THIS WEEK


SCHOOL MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Cartoogechaye 0 0 x x x 0
East Franklin 0 0 x x x 0
Franklin High 4 1 x x x 5
Highlands 1 0 x x x 1
Iotla Valley 0 0 x x x 0
Macon Early 0 0 x x x 0
Macon Middle 1 0 x x x 1
Mountain View 0 0 x x x 0
Nantahala 0 0 x x x 0
South Macon 1 0 x x x 1
Union Academy 1 0 x x x 1
TOTALS FOR DAY81 x x x 9



Cases in Macon County


2945 Detected
(+2 from Friday and +45 from last Monday and +368 from four weeks ago)

55 Active
-3 from Friday and -46 last Monday and -464 from four weeks ago)

2860 Recovered
(+5 from Friday and +88 last Monday and +820 from four weeks ago)

30 Deaths
(unchanged from Friday and +3 from last Monday and +12 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9178 by MCPH
+39 from Friday and +94 from last Monday and +608 from four weeks ago)

8291 by Others
(+74 from Friday and +542 from last Monday and +1399 from four weeks ago)

17469 total
(+113 from Friday and +636 from last Monday and +2007 from four weeks ago)

88 tests pending results
(+39 from Friday and +25 from last Monday and -198 from four weeks ago)








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Published at 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Weather Briefing for Tuesday, February 23, 2021



OUTLOOK

Dry and mild high pressure will track east along the Gulf Coast today into Wednesday, building into the southeastern United States. A mostly dry frontal passage is expected Thursday. This front will then stall to our south increasing rain chances for the weekend due to the influx of Gulf moisture.


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News Highlights

• Macon County Board of Education - February 2021 Regular Meeting [LINK]

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 - National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

• NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 [LINK]

• COVID-19 Briefing for 02-22-2021 [LINK]

• The latest local COVID-19 numbers, charts, and tables have been posted [LINK]

• Macon County Board of Commissioners regular meeting for February 2021 [LINK]

• Annual 4-H Plant Sales for 2021 Announced [LINK]



National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Wednesday Night


Franklin area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.

Highlands area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the lower 50s. Winds out of the northwest 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows around freezing. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the northwest early increasing to come out of the southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the west 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 50s.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Otto area

Today

Sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Calm 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.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the west around 5 mph becoming calm before midnight.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 60.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 30s.

Nantahala area

Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-50s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday

Sunny, with highs near 60. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 40. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-50s.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.



HAZARDS

Hazardous weather is not excpected today.





Air Quality




Air quality is in the extreme upper range of green for most of the county, including the ridges and other higher elevations today.

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the medium-high range (9.1 out of 12) today with Elm, Juniper, and Alder being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be a little lower, but still in the medium-high range (8.1 out of 12).


Weather Extremes for Macon County on February 23rd


Highest Temperature 78°F at the Coweeta Experimental Stationn in 2018
Lowest Temperature 3°F in Highlands in 1939
Greatest One-Day Rain 2.89 inches in Highlands in 1994
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 3.5 inches in Highlands in 1989


February Weather Extremes for Macon County

Highest Temperature 79°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 28, 1996
Lowest Temperature -19°F in Highlands on Feb 13, 1899
Greatest One-Day Rain 6.37 inches at the Coweeta Experimental Station on Feb 13, 1966
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 15.0 inches in Highlands on Feb 14, 1912 


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Published at 4:00am on Tuesday, February 23, 2021



NC Governor Orders Flags Lowered Until Sunset Feb 26th in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19



PRESS RELEASE
NC GOVERNOR ROY COOPER
RALEIGH, NC
02-22-2021


Lowering of US and NC Flags To Half-Staff Until Sunset Feb. 26, 2021, in Remembrance of More than 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning today, Monday, February 22, 2021, until sunset on February 26, 2021, in remembrance of those who passed away from the coronavirus. To date, more than 500,000 Americans including nearly 11,000 North Carolinians have lost their lives due to COVID-19. As a tribute to these many individuals and their families, all North Carolinians are encouraged to join in the remembrance of the many lives lost and to observe a moment of silence at sunset.

Statement from Governor Roy Cooper:

"As we reflect on the lives lost to this cruel virus, let's remind ourselves this is far more than a grim statistic. Each of these 500,000 deaths represents an American whose communities are in mourning and I encourage North Carolinians to honor them with a moment of silence."

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 2:30am on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

COVID-19 Briefing for 02-22-2021



National Briefing

• President Orders Flags to be Flown at Half Staff to Remember the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19 and National Cathedral Bell Tolling [LINK]

Clusters of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Elementary School Educators and Students in One School District — Georgia, December 2020–January 2021 [LINK

TWiV 721: COVID-19 clinical update #50 with Dr. Daniel Griffin



TWiV 722: More coronaviruses in the pipeline [LINK

Update from Dr John Campbell (02-22-2021)


Mental Health and Wellness During a Pandemic - Dr.Yellowlees


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Local Briefing

Two additional people in Macon County have died, bring the known death toll in the county to 30. Macon County Public Health has been notified by NCDHHS that the county will be receiving 500 first doses per week for the next three weeks and has been approved for a "Special Event Allotment" of 1,170 doses which the health department will deliver between Feb 22nd and Feb 26th. To register to receive the vaccine and to be contacted when appointments for your group are available, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Monday, until further notice. Here are the latest COVID-19 Numbers and Demographics Report from Macon Public Health, along with a couple of charts by Macon Media to show you the long-term trends since April 17th. The health department has started releasing information about vaccine delivery, so those numbers will be included here also, as well as charted.

VACCINE DELIVERY
(The health department received its first shipment on December 30th)

CATEGORY MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Vaccines Given Today 4 x x x x x
Inventory 800 x x x x x
Vaccines Given (total) 4378 x x x x x

(note--these numbers are on the day reported, not necessarily given since some shots may be given after the daily report is published, Also, there are often more shots in the vials than reported on the manifest, so total shots will not match reported inventory) 

POSITIVE CASES IN THE SCHOOLS THIS WEEK


SCHOOL MON TUE WED THU FRI WEEK 
Cartoogechaye 0 x x x x 0
East Franklin 0 x x x x 0
Franklin High 4 x x x x 4
Highlands 1 x x x x 1
Iotla Valley 0 x x x x 0
Macon Early 0 x x x x 0
Macon Middle 1 x x x x 1
Mountain View 0 x x x x 0
Nantahala 0 x x x x 0
South Macon 1 x x x x 1
Union Academy 1 x x x x 1
TOTALS FOR DAY8x x x x 8



Cases in Macon County


2943  Detected
(+22 from Friday and +52 from last Monday and +4002 from four weeks ago)

58 Active
+10 from Friday and -45 last Monday and -475 from four weeks ago)

2845 Recovered
(+10 from Friday and +94 last Monday and +863 from four weeks ago)

30 Deaths
(+2 from Friday and +3 from last Monday and +12 from four weeks ago)


Testing in Macon County

9139 by MCPH
+11 from Friday and +66 from last Monday and +601 from four weeks ago)

8217 by Others
(+41 from Friday and +566 from last Monday and +1517 from four weeks ago)

17356 total
(+52 from Friday and +632 from last Monday and +2118 from four weeks ago)

49 tests pending results
(-23 from Friday and -25 from last Monday and -270 from four weeks ago)








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Published at 7:06pm on Monday, February 22, 2021