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Friday, October 15, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
October 15, 2021



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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 Friday, October 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

Here is a chart showing the number of deaths by month since March 2020.

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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 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 there are 97 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 77 at Mission Hospital; 7 at Angel Medical Center; 1 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 8 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 4 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 21st, which saw a 0.57% increase in detected cases over the previous week.





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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

5289 Detected
(+15 from yesterday and +103 from last week and +426 in four weeks and +4583 or +652.95% from one year ago)

133 Active
(+12 (+9.02%) from yesterday and -34 (-20.36%) from last week and -250 (-65.27%) in four weeks and +101 or +315.63% from one year ago

5090 Recovered
(+3 from yesterday and +135 from last week and +666 in four weeks and +4433 (+663.12%) from one year ago)

66 Deaths
unchanged (+0%) from yesterday and +2 (+3.13) from last week and +10 (+17.86%) in four weeks and +59 or +842.86% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

12913 by Macon County Public Health
(+13 from yesterday and +167 from last week and +686 in four weeks and +6893 or 114.50% from one year ago)

14775 by Others
(+25 from yesterday and +160 from last week and +564 in four weeks and +12327 or 503.55% from one year ago)

27688 Total Tests
(+38 from yesterday and +327 from last week and +1250 in four weeks and +19220 or 226.97% from one year ago)

118 tests pending results
(-26 from yesterday and -47 from last week and -118 in four weeks and +23 or +24.21% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
unchanged from yesterday
14 given this week

665 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

-132 this week

13085 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
14 given this week


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Macon County Public Schools Report



Macon County Public Schools Report
Friday, October 08, 2021

No update was published by the school system Cartoogechaye Elementary

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

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 10 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 0 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 11 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 2 staff

Highlands School

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

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 5 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Macon Early College

Currently Quarantined 0 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

Macon Middle School

Currently Quarantined 15 students and 3 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 0 staff

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 12 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 0 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 23 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 1 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 13 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 4 students and 0 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 0 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 96
Students Positive 15
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 65
Total Students Out of School 111

Staff Quarantined 7
Staff Positive 3
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 49
Total Staff Out of School 10

In School Transmissions 27

Substitues Quarantined 0
Substitutes Positive 0
Total Substitues Out 0




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Published at 6:40pm on Friday, October 15, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins
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Weather Briefing for Friday, October 15, 2021

Here is a truncated weather briefing for today.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Warm high pressure will remain in place over the Carolinas today. A seasonably strong cold front will cross the area early Saturday, which will bring rain chances, especially over the mountains. Classic cool and dry fall weather will then build in behind the front for the latter half of the weekend and at least into the first half of the new work week.



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Franklin Area


Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 40.


Highlands Plateau


Today

Sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s. Winds out of the southwest 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-30s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s.


Otto Area


Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Light winds out of the southeast.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Patchy fog in the morning. Otherwise, partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 40.


Nantahala Area


Today

Sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows in the mid-50s. Light winds out of the southwest. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely, mainly before noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 60. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40. Winds out of the northwest 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s.

Sunday Night

Clear, with lows around 40.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Areas of fog will continue through the early morning hours with visibilities reduced to below one-half of a mile in some spots.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Fri Oct 15 2021

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

1. Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located more than 500 miles southeast of Bermuda has become more concentrated to the east and southeast of the center over the past several hours. Strong upper-level winds, however, are expected to prevent additional development of this system through Friday morning. After that time, the low is forecast to accelerate east-northeastward and merge with a trough of low pressure ending any further tropical development chance. Additional information on this system, including gale warnings, can be found in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.

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




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Published at 4:00am on Friday, October 15, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Weather Briefing for Thursday, October 14, 2021

Here is a truncated weather briefing for today.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Warm high pressure will remain in place over the Carolinas through Friday. A cold front will cross the area early Saturday, which could bring brief scattered showers, especially to the mountains. Classic cool and dry fall weather will then build in behind the front for the latter half of the weekend and at least into the first half of the new work week.



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Local News Brief 

There will be a candidate meet and greet, followed by a public forum for those running for the Franklin Town Council at the Macon County Public Library from 5pm to 7pm tonight. Details are at The Southern Scoop.


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Franklin Area


Today

Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Light and variable winds.

Friday Night

A 20 percent chance of rain after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


Highlands Plateau


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain between 2am and 5am, then a chance of showers after 5am. Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Winds out of the southwest around 5 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with highs in the low-to-mid 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the upper 30s.


Otto Area


Today

Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds in the morning increasing to come out of the southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain before 3am, then a slight chance of showers after 3am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 20%.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 60s.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 40s.


Nantahala Area


Today

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light winds out of the southwest.

Friday Night

A slight chance of rain between midnight and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Saturday

Showers likely before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with highs in the mid-60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with lows around 40.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Areas of fog will continue through the early morning hours with visibilities reduced to below one-half of a mile in some spots.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Thu Oct 14 2021

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

1. A broad area of low pressure located a couple of hundred miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos continues to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms well to the east and northeast of its center. Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent significant development of this system during the next day or so. The low is forecast to move little overnight, then accelerate eastward on Thursday. On Friday, the disturbance is forecast to interact with a frontal system and further development is not anticipated after that time.

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




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Published at 4:00am on Thursday, October 14, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

New Shepard Mission NS-18 Webcast



The second Blue Origin suborbital flight with humans onboard will be taking place this morning at about 10:00am Eastern Time. This is is NS-18 (New Shepard #18) and will be carrying four people (Audrey Powers, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, and William Shatner) to an altitude of just over 62 miles before falling back to land on parachutes in the west Texas scrubland. The booster rocket, which is reusable, will land separately. A live video player and other recorded videos are embedded below.

New Shepard Mission NS-18 Webcast



Meet the NS-18 Crew



William Shatner's Journey to Space





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Published at 8:43am on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Weather Briefing for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Here is a truncated weather briefing for today.

GENERAL OUTLOOK

Dry and warm high pressure will remain in place through late this week. A moist cold front is expected to reach the North Carolina mountains by Saturday night, reintroducing rainfall chances to the forecast. Expect temperatures behind this cold front to be closer to seasonal normals, perhaps even a tad cooler.



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Local News Brief 

 The Macon County Board of Commissioners met last night for their regular monthly meeting for October 2021. 
 The highlights from the meeting: 

 • Chairman Jimmy Tate announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2022 
• Commissioners approved a new pay scale for county employees 
• Commissioners voted to use American Rescue Plan Act/Coronavirus Local Fiscal Funds to give bonuses to county employees 

 A video from Macon Media of the three-plus hour meeting will be published later today.






Franklin Area


Today

Areas of dense fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Highlands Plateau


Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Light and variable winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Calm winds.

Friday

Sunny, with highs near 70.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly clear, with lows in the mid-50s.


Otto Area


Today

Areas of dense fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy through midmorning, then gradual clearing, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


Nantahala Area


Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

Areas of fog will continue through the early morning hours with visibilities reduced to below one-half of a mile in some spots.


TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK



Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Wed Oct 13 2021

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

1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the southeastern Bahamas continue in association with a surface trough of low pressure. Development of this system, if any, is expected to be slow to occur during the next couple of days due to inhibiting environmental conditions. The disturbance is forecast to drift northward through tonight, then accelerate eastward as a broad area of low pressure on Thursday. Toward the end of the week, further development is not anticipated as the system is interacts with a frontal system. Regardless, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, and the southeastern Bahamas during the next day or two.

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




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Published at 3:51am on Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

News and Weather Briefing for Tuesday, October 12, 2021



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OUTLOOK

Dry and warm high pressure will remain in place through late this week. A moist cold front is expected to reach the North Carolina mountains by Saturday night, reintroducing rainfall chances to the forecast. Expect temperatures behind this cold front to be closer to seasonal normals, perhaps even a tad lower.




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Local and State News

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 11, 2021]




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Local Weather

National Weather Map for Today



General forecast through Thursday Night


Franklin area

Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with highs near 80. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.




Highlands Plateau

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light winds out of the northwest.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the low-to-mid 50s. Light winds out of the northwest.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs near 70. Light and variable winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s.






Otto area

Today

Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs near 80.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.




Nantahala area

Today

Patchy fog between 7am and 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with highs near 70. Calm winds.

Tonight

Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with lows around 60. Calm winds.

Wednesday

Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Calm winds.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s. Calm winds.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with lows around 60.


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Hazards and Tropical Weather

Hazardous weather is not expected today.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK




Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
200 AM EDT Tue Oct 12 2021

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

1. Satellite-derived wind data indicate that the tropical wave, located a little over 150 miles east of the Windward Islands, has become less defined overnight. While this system continues to produce showers and thunderstorms primarily east of its center, strong upper-level winds will likely prevent further development during the next couple of days. Regardless of development, the system could produce locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across portions of the central and northern Lesser Antilles today.

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

2. Another tropical wave moving over Hispaniola is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Although environmental conditions are not forecast to be conducive for development of this system, a broad area of low pressure, however, is expected to form near the southeast Bahamas on Wednesday and drift generally eastward through the end of the week. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola during the next couple of days.

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



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Almanac

Air Quality




Air quality is in the middle range of green for most of the county, with the ridges and other higher elevations today being in the middle range of green.

Fire and Smoke Map
(There is haze from the wildfires out on the west coast.)

Pollen

Pollen levels are expected to be in the low-medium range (4.5 out of 12) today with Ragweed, Chenopods, and Grasses being the main culprits. Tomorrow is expected to be in the medium range (4.9 out of 12).


Record Weather Events for October 7th

Record weather events for this date in Macon County
(1872-2016)

Highest Temperature 86°F in Nantahala in 1969
Lowest Temperature 25°F at the Coweeta Experimental Station in 2000
Greatest Rainfall 3.44 inches in Highlands in 1927

Record Weather Events for October (1872-2017)

Highest Temperature 91°F in Franklin on Oct 5, 1954
Lowest Temperature 12°F in Highlands on Oct 30, 1910
Greatest Rainfall 9.91 inches in Highlands on Oct 4, 1964
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches in Highlands on October 20, 1913
Record Weather Events for October 6th in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County in 1954
Lowest Temperature 22°F in Celo, Yancey County in 1968
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County in 1913
Greatest Snowfall 1.0 inches on Montreat, Yancey County in 1932

(the excessive rainfall was due to the remnants of Hurricane 5 of 1913. The storm formed off the coast of Rhode Island and traveled southwest, striking North and South Carolina. This was before Tropical Storms and Hurricanes were named).

Record Weather Events for October in North Carolina

Highest Temperature 102°F in Albemarle, Stanly County on 10-06-1954
Lowest Temperature 8°F in Banner Elk, Avery County on 10-21-1952
Greatest Rainfall 14.00 inches in Aberdeen, Moore County on 10-06-1913
Greatest Snowfall 11.00 in Mount Mitchell, Yancey County on 10-25-1990



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Macon Calendar
(send your event to calendar@maconmedia.com)




FROG FAIR
November 6, 2021


Friends of the Greenway Fall Fundraising Event. FROG FAIR will be held November 6 from 9-3 at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main at the Town bridge. Vendor spaces are available--check our website for registration forms or stop by FROG Quarters. Make sure to mark your calendar--arts & crafts, food, & music will make it a special day. For more information, email frog28734@gmail.com.


Encastic Painting Classes

The Macon County Art Association (a not for profit member organization) is offering classes in encastic painting on Specified Fridays from 10AM-12PM at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St Franklin NC. Specific class dates are Friday July 9 and 23, August 3 and 27, September 3 and 17, October 29.

For more information contact the instructor, Karen Smith, at karen@programservices.org


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National and World News Roundup

• Samsung starts mass production of 14-nm DRAM with EUV technology [TechRadar]

Level 1 News Oct 12: Empire's IT Team Strikes Back



• Ethiopia army launches major attack on Tigray: Rebels [Al Jazeera]

• Why does the internet keep breaking? [BBC News]

• The Jerusalem Post 10th Annual Conference: The Future is Now [Jerusalem Post]

LSecret State of North Korea (full documentary) | FRONTLINE



HMS Vengeance (S31): Vanguard Class Submarine | Inside Britain’s Secret Nuclear Submarine | Spark



Fox News Sunday October 10, 2021



• Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near [Meet The Press]

Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) - October 10th, 2021



• Trump boasted of crowd size at Jan. 6 riot, new book says [ABC News]

PBS NewsHour Full Episode October 11th, 2021




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COVID-19 News and Updates

Since it looks like we may be in for a new wave of infections, here is a section on COVID-19. It will include local, regional, state, national, and global items.





COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County: [October 11, 2021]



• Lung maintains long-term memory of COVID infection [Science Daily]

• Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near [CT Post]

• Report concludes UK waited too long for virus lockdown [ABC News]

• Texas governor bars businesses from mandating Covid vaccines for staff and customers [Courthouse News Service/a>]

• Southwest Airlines cancels more flights, denies COVID jab sickout [
Al Jazeera]

• Association Between Risk of COVID-19 in Nonimmune Individuals and Immunity in Family Members [Jama Network]



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On This Day

October 12th is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 80 days remain until the end of the year.



Historical Events

(Please note that the Wikipedia articles often contain a bibliography and links to where you can learn more about a historical event)



539 BC – The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon, ending the Babylonian empire. (Julian calendar)
633 – Battle of Hatfield Chase: King Edwin of Northumbria is defeated and killed by an alliance under Penda of Mercia and Cadwallon of Gwynedd.
1279 – The Nichiren Shōshū branch of Buddhism is founded in Japan.
1398 – In the Treaty of Salynas, Lithuania cedes Samogitia to the Teutonic Knights.
1406 – Chen Yanxiang, the only person from Indonesia known to have visited dynastic Korea, reaches Seoul after having set out from Java four months before.
1492 – Christopher Columbus's first expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas.
1654 – The Delft Explosion devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100 people.
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Province of Massachusetts Bay Governor William Phips.
1748 – War of Jenkins' Ear: A British squadron wins a tactical victory over a Spanish squadron off Havana.
1773 – America's first insane asylum opens.
1792 – The first celebration of Columbus Day is held in New York City.
1793 – The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1798 – Flemish and Luxembourgish peasants launch the rebellion against French rule known as the Peasants' War.
1799 – Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse becomes the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute.
1810 – The citizens of Munich hold the first Oktoberfest.
1822 – Pedro I of Brazil is proclaimed the emperor.
1849 – The city of Manizales, Colombia, is founded by 'The Expedition of the 20'.
1856 – An M 7.7–8.3 earthquake off the Greek island of Crete cause major damage as far as Egypt and Malta.
1871 – The British in India enact the Criminal Tribes Act, naming many local communities "Criminal Tribes".
1890 – Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formed.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools.
1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.
1915 – World War I: British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
1917 – World War I: The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place resulting in the largest single-day loss of life in New Zealand history.
1918 – A massive forest fire kills 453 people in Minnesota.
1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Boston Children's Hospital.
1933 – The military Alcatraz Citadel becomes the civilian Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
1944 – World War II: The Axis occupation of Athens comes to an end.
1945 – World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
1945 – The Lao Issara took control of Laos' government and reaffirmed the country's independence.
1959 – At the national congress of the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance in Peru, a group of leftist radicals are expelled from the party who later form APRA Rebelde.
1960 – Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at the United Nations to protest a Philippine assertion.
1960 – Japan Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma is stabbed to death during a live Television broadcast.
1962 – The Columbus Day Storm strikes the U.S. Pacific Northwest with record wind velocities. There was at least U.S. $230 million in damages and 46 people died.
1963 – After nearly 23 years of imprisonment, Reverend Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit missionary, was released from the Soviet Union.
1964 – The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew, and the first flight without pressure suits.
1967 – A bomb explodes on board Cyprus Airways Flight 284 while flying over the Mediterranean Sea, killing 66.
1968 – Equatorial Guinea becomes independent from Spain.
1970 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization continues as President Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas.
1971 – The 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire begins.
1979 – Typhoon Tip becomes the largest and most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded.
1983 – Japan's former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei is found guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from the Lockheed Corporation, and is sentenced to four years in jail.
1984 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army fail to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. The bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
1988 – Two officers of the Victoria Police are gunned down execution-style in the Walsh Street police shootings, Australia.
1992 – A 5.8 earthquake occurred in Cairo, Egypt. At least 510 died.
1994 – The Magellan spacecraft burns up in the atmosphere of Venus.
1997 – The Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria kills 43 people at a fake roadblock.
1998 – Matthew Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming, dies five days after he was beaten outside of Laramie.
1999 – Pervez Musharraf takes power in Pakistan from Nawaz Sharif through a bloodless coup.
1999 – The former Autonomous Soviet Republic of Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia.
2000 – The USS Cole, a US Navy destroyer, is badly damaged by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
2002 – Terrorists detonate bombs in the Sari Club in Bali, killing 202 and wounding over 300.
2005 – The second Chinese human spaceflight, Shenzhou 6, is launched, carrying two cosmonauts in orbit for five days.
2010 – The Finnish Yle TV2 channel's Ajankohtainen kakkonen current affairs program featured controversial Homoilta episode (literally "gay night"), which led to the resignation of almost 50,000 Finns from the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
2013 – Fifty-one people are killed after a truck veers off a cliff in Peru.
2017 – The United States announces its decision to withdraw from UNESCO. Israel immediately follows.
2018 – Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
2019 – Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan, killing 10 and forcing the evacuation of 1,000,000 people.
2019 – Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya becomes the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours with a time of 1:59:40 in Vienna.
2019 – The Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which is under construction, collapses, killing two and injuring 20.



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Published at 4:00am on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins


Resources used to compile the information in this article include, but are not limited to the following websites or books: MaconMedia.com, youtube.com, weather.gov, airnow.gov, wikipedia.com, onthisday.com, ncdcr.gov, ncsu.edu, utah.edu, https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/, wolfram.com, biorxiv.org, aps.org, nejm.org, plos.org, cell.com, researchsquare.com, cureus.com, spc.noaa.gov, nhc.noaa.gov, ncdenr.org, medrxiv.org, archive.org, ncpedia.org, nasa.gov, https://ww2days.com, nih.gov, carolinapublicpress.org, microbe.tv, smokymountainnews.com, psypost.org, blogspot.com, pollen.com, franklinnc.com, maconnc.org, spaceweather.com, solarham.com, loc.gov, ncleg.net, senate.gov, house.gov, whitehouse.gov, drudgereport.com, politico.com, realclearpolitics.com, ushmm.org, This Day in North Carolina History, World War II Day By Day, The Holocaust Encyclopedia, The Timetables of History, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The World History and Book of Facts (multiple years), On This Day In History: Over 4,000 facts, The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space, This Day in North Carolina History, The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, Spaceflight, 2nd Edition: The Complete Story from Sputnik to Curiousity, The Story of Civilization (11 volumes), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, American History, Volume 1: 1492-1877, American History, Volume 2: 1877 - Present, A Complete Chronolgy of the Second World War. Weather and Almanac data and information sources: Sources (except where otherwise credited): heavens-above.com, Ian Webster's Github, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, The National Weather Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center, Penn State University Electronic Wall Map, The State Climate Office of North Carolina, Storm Prediction Center, U.S. Naval Observatory, University of Utah Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Weather Prediction Center. Back to Top

Monday, October 11, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
October 11, 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
Support Macon Media





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Introduction

Numbers released on Monday, October 11th, 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

The Macon County Public Health Department has reported five deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week. Here is a chart showing the number of deaths by month since March 2020.

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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 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, there are 107 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 84 at Mission Hospital; 6 at Angel Medical Center; 2 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 9 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 5 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.





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Introduction

Known COVID-19 Cases

5233 Detected
(+47 from yesterday and +120 from last week and +772 in four weeks and +4538 or +652.95% from one year ago)

158 Active
(-9 (-5.39%) from yesterday and -185 (-53.94%) from last week and -238 (-60.10%) in four weeks and +125 or +378.79% from one year ago

5009 Recovered
(+54 from yesterday and +282 from last week and +998 in four weeks and +4354 (+664.73%) from one year ago)

66 Deaths
+2 (+3.13%) from yesterday and +5 (+8.20%) from last week and +12 (+22.22%) in four weeks and +59 or +842.86% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

12784 by Macon County Public Health
(+38 from yesterday and +275 from last week and +1253 in four weeks and +6816 or 114.09% from one year ago)

14661 by Others
(+46 from yesterday and +159 from last week and +1268 in four weeks and +12259 or 510.37% from one year ago)

27445 Total Tests
(+84 from yesterday and +362 from last week and +2521 in four weeks and +19075 or 227.90% from one year ago)

188 tests pending results
(+23 from yesterday and +18 from last week and +134 in four weeks and +117 or +164.74% 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

665 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

0 this week

13071 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, October 08, 2021

No update was published by the school system Cartoogechaye Elementary

Currently Quarantined 45 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

East Franklin Elementary

Currently Quarantined 21 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 2 staff

Franklin High School

Currently Quarantined 17 students and 1 staff
Currently Posivitve 10 students and 0 staff

Highlands School

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

Iotla Valley Elementary

Currently Quarantined 8 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 2 students and 0 staff

Macon Early College

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

Macon Middle School

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

Mountain Valley Intermediate

Currently Quarantined 13 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 6 students and 0 staff

Nantahala School

Currently Quarantined 0 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 0 students and 0 staff

South Macon Elemenary

Currently Quarantined 26 students and 2 staff
Currently Posivitve 3 students and 2 staff

Union Academy

Currently Quarantined 19 students and 0 staff
Currently Posivitve 1 students and 0 staff

Central Offices

Currently Quantined 0 staff
Currently Positive 0 staff

Totals

Students Quarantined 127
Students Positive 28
Students Avoiding Quantine Due to Vaccination 62
Total Students Out of School 155

Staff Quarantined 3
Staff Positive 5
Staff Avoiding Quarantine Due to Vaccination 44
Total Staff Out of School 8
Substitues Quarantined 0 Substitutes Positive 0 Total Substitues Out 0


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Published at 6:20pm on Monday, October 11, 2021
Author: Bobby Coggins
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