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Friday, September 10, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 10, 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 Wednesday, September 9th, 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

Union Academy Update

Union Academy has been under virtual learning for a couple of weeks due to the number of staff that has been under quarantine. The school will return to in-person instruction MOnday, September 13th.

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). 61 of the 83 tests were returned, with 19 testing positive and 42 testing negative. 22 tests have not been returned yet, so are still pending.

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. A copy of the press release is posted below:

PRESS RELEASE (09-10-2021)
MACON COUNTY SHERIFF


As stated in a “Press Release” earlier this week, we had a suspected exposure for an individual coming into our facility who tested positive for Covid19. Following that potential exposure, MCSO staff and I worked with the Macon County Health Department and our MCSO Detention Physician and Nurse to have all of our detention center staff and incarcerated inmates voluntarily tested. Only two inmates refused to be tested. These two inmates were immediately placed in quarantine as a precautionary measure. Both of those inmates will remain quarantined as specified by the Health Department and will continue to be closely monitored by MCSO medical and detention staff.

As of this morning we received confirmation from the Macon County Health Department that our Detention Center currently now has positive cases of covid19 in our facility. Today we received 19 positive results, 42 negative results. 22 tests that are classified as “pending”. All test conducted for MCSO employees that have been returned to this date have resulted as being negative as of this release. We are waiting for additional results for both inmates and employees. Those who have been tested are showing symptoms that range from having no current symptoms to mild symptoms such as nasal congestion, coughs and slightly elevated temperatures. All staff and inmates are being monitored on a routine basis. In addition and as your Sheriff, I am limited as to what services I can choose to suspend even as a precautionary measure and even during a pandemic. One of those services is fingerprinting for Conceal Carry Permits (CCP) which takes staff to go hands on with individuals while fingerprinting. There is no acceptable reason that I can temporarily suspend this public service. Since I have been advised I cannot legally suspend such service, I am publicly requesting citizens who are wishing to apy and obtain their CCP to consider giving us a little time to get through our current situation and refrain from doing so temporarily. I am asking members of my community to support my staff and I by giving us at least the next 14 days to get through our current health crisis in our facility. I am truly concerned for the safety and health of everyone employed at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office as well as the inmates we are responsible for caring for. I am also concerned about those who would insist on this service and how we could potentially spread Covid19 to you or your family. Continuing to do business as usual will only put my staff, their families and anyone they may come in contact with at risk and I believe continuing this service could create an unnecessary health concerns. Anyone who comes into our facility requesting or insisting on these services will be informed about our current situation and asked to voluntarily consider waiting a few more days. As I said earlier, I must comply. Suspending a mandatory requirement could result in a legal action being initiated with a costly outcome to the citizens of Macon county. Just as with many agencies who provide services within our local government, there are services we provide daily that may not be as important during a crisis and we are asking for a little patience while we work to get through this.

Stay safe and remember there are plenty of vaccines still available if you or your family chooses to get vaccinated. I don’t support a mandate for the vaccine as I believe it is an individual’s right to make that decision and not the government. I encourage everyone to consult your local physician for medical advise and have an open and honest discussion about the vaccine. That’s exactly what I did… and that is why my wife and I are currently vaccinated.

Sheriff Robert L. Holland
Macon County



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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 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 10, there are 167 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 130 at Mission Hospital; 5 at Angel Medical Center; 10 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 1 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 11 at Mission Hospital McDowell; 10 at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Harris Regional Hospital - COVID-19 Update



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

4352 Detected
(+51 from yesterday and +243 from last week and +816 in four weeks and +3788 or 671.63% from one year ago)

351 Active
(+40 (+12.86%) from yesterday and +118 (+50.65%) from last week and +168 (+91.80%) in four weeks and +341 or +3410.00% from one year ago

3952 Recovered
(+11 from yesterday and +122 from last week and +640 in four weeks and +3405 (622.49%) from one year ago)

49 Deaths
(unchanged from yesterday and +3 (+6.52%) from last week and +8 (+19.51%) in four weeks and +42 or 600.00% from one year ago)




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Testing Statistics



Testing numbers reported to the health department

11394 by Macon County Public Health
(+70 from yesterday and +349 from last week and +1453 in four weeks and +6240 or +121.07% from one year ago)

13360 by Others
(+36 from yesterday and +353 from last week and +1442 in four weeks and +11493 or 615.59% from one year ago)

24754 Total Tests
(+106 from yesterday and +702 from last week and +2895 in four weeks and +17733 or 252.57% from one year ago)

225 tests pending results
(+23 from yesterday and +13 from last week and +81 in four weeks and +193 or +603.13% from one year ago)





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Vaccine Delivery Statistics



Vaccine Delivery Statistics


0 Vaccines Given Today
unchanged from yesterday
40 given this week

864 Vaccines in Inventory
unchanged from yesterday

-77 decrease this week

12988 Total Vaccines Given
unchanged from yesterday
40 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 5:15pm on Friday, September 10, 2021

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