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Monday, September 13, 2021

COVID-19 Numbers for Macon County
September 13, 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 Monday, September 13th, 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

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. A copy of the most recent press release is posted below:

PRESS RELEASE (09-12-2021)
MACON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE
MCSO Covid19 Test Results As we reported last week, all inmate visitations remains suspended due to multiple cases of Covid being suspected in our detention center. This decision was made in the best interest of staff and inmates and done as a precautionary measure. Working with our local health department and our detention center physician and nurse to have all inmates and all of our detention officers tested. This was requested as voluntary testing. As reported earlier, all but two inmates agreed to be tested.
As of today (September 12, 2021), 82 of 83 tests have returned. A total of 58 negative tests and a total of 24 resulted in positive for covid19. All 24 positive results were of male inmates and are in the dormitory section of our facility. We currently have no positive cases in the female dorm. All MCSO detention officers tests resulted in negative for Covid19. Although negative, we will continue to monitor all employees and inmates as we have done throughout this pandemic and conduct additional tests when appropriate. In addition to this week’s testing, we conducted “Rapid Tests” for additional officers who reported for work this weekend and all those tests resulted in negative for Covid19.
While visitation was suspended and because we were concerned for all the inmates mental health due to denying opportunity for visits, detention center staff made sure inmates had the opportunity to call family or friends if they needed to. Staff reported that inmates voiced appreciation for looking out for their well-being. Sheriff Robert L. Holland states, “Earlier this evening I called and had my staff communicate with each of our dorms via intercom system and asked if all inmates had the opportunity to use the phones today to call anyone if they needed to and the inmates confirmed they had. I also had them confirm all phones within our facility were operational throughout the weekend.”
At this time, only one inmate remains hospitalized due to Covid and has been prescribed oxygen. Our facility is unable to adequately provide an appropriate location for an inmate needing an device to provide oxygen due to all of our isolation cells being occupied with other Covid positive inmates. All other inmates symptoms range from no symptoms to minor symptoms. Medical staff from our local health department and MCSO detention center physician has maintained continuous communication throughout the weekend with staff and inmates. As of this release, all inmates continue to be doing well.
If anyone is concerned about a family member incarcerated in our facility you can contact Macon County Jail Administrator Lieutenant Dereck Jones. Please understand that our staff will NOT confirm your family member has Covid and will NOT provide you with any medical information by telephone. THEY LEGALLY are not permitted to do so. YOUR family member incarcerated in the Macon County Detention Center has access to a telephone and can call you to provide their medical information if they choose. No inmates currently incarcerated in our facility is severely ill at this time but all of them continue to be closely monitored.
Sheriff Holland concludes, “When I called earlier this evening most of the inmates that are positive for Covid19 were doing well and most were enjoying watching a football game on TV.”
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. 13, there are 158 COVID positive inpatients in Mission Health system; 123 at Mission Hospital, 6 at Angel Medical Center; 11 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital; 1 at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital; 9 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

4461 Detected
(+109 from yesterday and +252 from last week and +861 in four weeks and +3887 or 677.18% from one year ago)

396 Active
(+45 (+12.82%) from yesterday and +114 (+40.43%) from last week and +187 (+90.34%) in four weeks and +382 or +2728.57% from one year ago

4011 Recovered
(+59 from yesterday and +133 from last week and +659 in four weeks and +3458 (625.32%) from one year ago)

54 Deaths
(+5 (+10.02%) 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

11531 by Macon County Public Health
(+137 from yesterday and +386 from last week and +1590 in four weeks and +6265 or +118.97% from one year ago)

13393 by Others
(+33 from yesterday and +377 from last week and +1417 in four weeks and +11485 or 601.94% from one year ago)

24924 Total Tests
(+170 from yesterday and +763 from last week and +3007 in four weeks and +17750 or 247.42% from one year ago)

54 tests pending results
(-171 from yesterday and -215 from last week and -5 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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Published at 8:45pm on Friday, September 13, 2021

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