COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Notices & Information from the Town of Franklin NC
November 25 - COVID-19 Case Count Update:
51 Active Cases of COVID-19 in Macon County, 867 Recovered, 9 Deaths | 927 Total Cases
Do you have questions about COVID-19 or suspect you may have symptoms? Please call Macon County’s Community Resource Center at 828-349-0211 for information on the following:
- Questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing)
- Questions about state or local regulations
- Questions about unmet needs
Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you are unable to call during these hours, please leave a message and it will be returned during normal operating hours.
November 23 - Governor Cooper Tightens Face Mask Requirements and Enforcement
Governor Roy Cooper has issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 is now in effect and runs through Friday, December 11.
In addition to extending Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements, the Order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement – making it clear that everyone needs to wear a mask whenever they are with someone who is not from the same household. The Order also adds the mask requirement to several additional settings including any public indoor space even when maintaining 6 feet of distance; gyms even when exercising; all schools public and private; and all public or private transportation when travelling with people outside of the household.
The Order also requires large retail businesses with more than 15,000 square feet to have an employee stationed near entrances ensuring mask wearing and implementing occupancy limits for patrons who enter.
» Read Executive Order 180
» Read a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Order
North Carolina Extends Phase 3 of reopening. Effective through 5:00 pm, Friday December 4.
STATEWIDE REQUIREMENT FOR FACE COVERINGS FOR THOSE OVER AGE 5.
New in Phase 3 Extension
- The Mass Gathering Limit for indoor spaces is reduced from 25 to 10 people.
- The outdoor Mass Gathering limit remains at 50.
Current limits that remain the same under Phase 3 Extension:
This Order does not change the reduced capacity limits set out for certain facilities and venues, including:
- Fitness and exercise facilities remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Restaurants remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Personal care businesses remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Museums and aquariums remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Movie theaters remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Arenas and performing arts centers remain open, subject to stated capacity limits and other requirements.
- Meeting spaces in hotels, conference centers, meeting halls, and receptions venues may host receptions, meetings, and other functions, subject to capacity limits and other restrictions.
- The outdoor areas of amusement parks may reopen, subject to capacity limits and other restrictions. Indoor rides at amusement parks remain closed.
- Bars’ outdoor seating areas remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits and other restrictions. Indoor bar areas remain closed.
- Music halls, night clubs, lounges, adult entertainment, venues for live performances, and arenas with spectators where guests are seated remain open, subject to reduced capacity limits.
- Very Large Outdoor facilities with a capacity of more than 10,000 Guests remain open at 7% of the facility’s total seating capacity, if they meet certain requirements.
- Face coverings are still required in public when it is not possible to maintain social distancing from non-household members.
- Alcohol sales are still required to cease from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Macon County Public Health recommends that business owners consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on what employers and employees should do if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Macon County leadership is committed to remaining transparent with the public and encourages businesses to be open with the public as well. For more guidance about employee exposure, visit the CDC by clicking here.
Due to the vast amount of information available to our citizens, the Town of Franklin has expanded our website to include separate sections for the State of North Carolina, Macon County NC, and Resources.
Macon County Public Health Update
Monday, November 23 - Macon County Reports Ninth Death Related to COVID-19
A Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19, passed away Sunday. The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. This individual is not related any existing clusters or outbreaks, to the knowledge of Macon County Public Health. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about this patient.
“The family and loved ones of this individual are in our thoughts and prayers. With the approaching holiday and as more people gather indoors, please continue to practice the 3Ws and be mindful of those that are higher risk,” stated Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director.
Mrs. McGaha continued, “We can make a difference by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying 6 feet from others. Continue to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside your home to help to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Macon County Schools Update
Tuesday, November 24 - COVID-19 Update
This morning we were notified that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Franklin High School and East Franklin Elementary School. These individuals are currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is underway through the Macon County Health Department. Any student or staff member identified through the contact tracing will be notified. Macon County Schools will continue to work closely with the Macon County Health Department as we monitor this situation.
Monday, November 23 - COVID-19 Update
This morning we were notified that positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the following locations: Highlands-1, Macon Middle School-2, Franklin High School-1, Macon County Schools Support Staff-1. These individuals are currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is underway through the Macon County Health Department. Any student or staff member identified through the contact tracing will be notified. Macon County Schools will continue to work closely with the Macon County Health Department as we monitor this situation.