COVID-19 Novel CoronavirusInformation For Citizens & Visitors of
Franklin & Macon County NC
Macon County NC, Information & Resources
Macon County officials encourage both residents and visitors to follow health and safety guidelines. And, if you have not had a COVID-19 vaccine, you are urged to do so. Call Macon County Public Health at 828-349-2081 to schedule your vaccination.
May 13 - COVID-19 Case Count Update (updated on Fridays):
17 Active Cases of COVID-19 in Macon County
7,939 recovered • 121 Deaths • 8,077 Total Cases
Total First Dose Vaccines Given by MCPH & Off-Site:
Total First Doses Given - 13,297
Total Vaccines Given - 25,939
Macon's Community Transmission status is LOW
» CDC Transmission Map - Choose State and Macon County or other counties of interest
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.
Macon County Public Health will now offer Covid-19 Testing on the following schedule:
Mondays: 8:30am -9:30am
Wednesdays: NO TESTING
Testing is by appointment only. Please call 349-2081 to make an appointment.
March 25 - Macon County Reports Additional Deaths Related to Covid-19
Macon County Public Health received notification that a Macon County residents, over 65 who were diagnosed with COVID-19, has passed away. To protect the privacy of the families, no additional information will be released. This brings Macon County to one hundred and eleven (111) deaths related to COVID-19.
January 31, 2022 - N95 Masks Available at MCPH
The Health Department has N95 masks available for distribution. Masks may be picked up in the drive-thru COVID testing lane in front of the jail on Lakeside Drive. To avoid wait times, do not go to pick up masks on Wednesdays when they are giving vaccines. To request a mask pick-up time, call 828-349-2081.
Macon County Schools Face Coverings Update
March 28 - The Macon County Board of Education has unanimously approved to continue with optional face coverings for students and staff. Optional face coverings will now extend to buses.
November 16, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for those 5 to 11 at Macon County Public Health
Macon County Public Health to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those who are five (5) years old and older. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for use for individuals as young as 5 years of age. In addition to the benefits of vaccination, the ability to vaccinate school age children will help to reduce the number of quarantines and allow students, once fully vaccinated, to remain face-to-face for instruction regardless of exposure.
The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. Typical reactions to the vaccine in children are pain at the injection site, redness, and swelling and your child may experience other reactions like tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea these symptoms usually go away within a few days of the vaccination.
A legal guardian of the student must be present for those under the age of eighteen (18) to receive the vaccination. Those who wish to schedule an appointment must call Macon County’s Call Center at 828-524-1500 to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are readily available with no waitlist. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
October 28, 2021 - COVID-19 BOOSTERS AVAILABLE FOR FULLY VACCINATED GROUPS TO MAINTAIN PROTECTION
Individuals who have received the primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna and the one dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations may be eligible for a booster vaccine to support the body’s immune response to COVID-19. Appointments are available at Macon County Public Health to all who meet the criteria for a booster dose.
Those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna may be eligible for a booster vaccine as approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the following groups of people who received their second Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. These recommendations apply to those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination for their first two vaccines, and they may get either booster with ANY of the available vaccines:
•Patients 65 years of age or older,
•Patients 18 years of age or older who are a resident of a long term care facility,
•Patients aged 18 to 64 who have an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for severe COVID-19*,
•Patients aged 18 to 64 who have an occupational or institutional exposure to COVID-19** .
Those 18 and older who received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine are approved to get a booster vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They must have received their J&J vaccine at least two months ago. Those who received the J&J one shot vaccine are able to choose any of the available vaccines for their booster.
The Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine is also approved by the CDC for the following groups of people who received their second Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days prior ***. These recommendations, currently, only apply to those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination for their first two vaccines:
•Patients 12 years of age and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
Those who meet the above criteria are encouraged to schedule their vaccine booster appointment, by calling Macon County Public Health at 828-349-2081. The booster vaccine is available at no cost to those who are eligible, regardless of their insurance status. If you are insured, you are asked to bring your insurance card to your appointment. You do not have to receive your booster at the same location that you received your primary COVID-19 vaccinations. However, you MUST bring your vaccination card that you received with your initial vaccine.
Each COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and J&J) is working to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, in people who are fully vaccinated, if they become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, with increased variant transmission, researchers are seeing a decrease in protections in those who are fully vaccinated and at additional risk, either due to their immune system or individual risk factors (like their occupation or living situation).
These booster vaccinations will give these individuals the protection that they may have lost over time. There is not currently data to support vaccine boosters in the general population, because the general population has not seen the same decrease in protection, though it is possible that a vaccine booster will be recommended to the general public in the future.
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.
* Health Conditions That May Put A Person At Higher Risk Of Severe COVID-19: Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic lung diseases (like COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension), Dementia, Other Neurological conditions, Diabetes, Down syndrome, Heart conditions, HIV infection, Weakened immune system, Liver disease, Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle cell disease, Smoking (current or former), Organ or blood transplant, Stoke or cerebrovascular disease, and Substance use disorders.
** Those At Risk For Occupational and Institutional Exposures: Healthcare workers, Teachers/Educational staff, Correctional staff and inmates, First responders, Food and agricultural workers, Grocery store staff, Group home residents.
***Patients between the ages of 12-15 years of age must have parental/guardian consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccine.
MACON COUNTY GOVERNMENT
June 23, 2021 - Effective immediately the State of Emergency proclamation issued by Macon County in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus COVID719 pandemic is now terminated. The state is experiencing a decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 diagnoses and vaccines are readily available to the majority of the population.
The public is encouraged to follow health and safety guidelines and remain vigilant as we proceed through the summer months and enter the fall of 2021 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine which is a safe and effective prevention tool.
PROCLAMATION TERMINATING STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, on March 17, 2020, a State of Emergency Proclamation was issued by Jim Tate, Chairman of the Macon County Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, over recent months in North Carolina, due to the measures taken by Macon County, other governmental agencies, civic organizations, volunteers, and the resilience and persistence of the residents of Macon County, the County is experiencing substantially lower COVID-19 related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and daily diagnoses;
WHEREAS, COVID-19 vaccines are readily available to all residents; and
WHEREAS, The Governor of North Carolina by Executive Order 215 dated May 14, 2021, lifted many COVID-19 Restrictions to Reflect the New Public Health Recommendations; and
WHEREAS, pursuant N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b}(3)c and §166A-19.22(c), the County is authorized to lift the State of Emergency previously declared.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the specific authority provided to the Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners by N.C. Gen Stat. §166A-19.22(b)(3)(c) and §166A-19.22(c), I hereby proclaim that the Covid-19 State of Emergency previously declared on March 17, 2020, for Macon County, North Carolina is no longer applicable and the same is hereby terminated.
This proclamation shall become effective immediately. Proclaimed this the 23rd day of June, 2021.
Jim Tate, Chairman Macon County Board of County Commissioners
Derek Roland, Macon County Manager and Clerk to the Board
MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH VACCINATION UPDATES
Macon County Public Health has now opened COVID-19 vaccines to all who want them the age of 18 or older. Call 828-524-1500 to schedule an appointment.
MCPH Call Center Update - June 14, 2021 - Macon County to Close Vaccine Call Center, Calls to Go to Health Department
On June 18th, Macon County will be closing the COVID Call Center. The Macon County COVID Call Center opened January 16th to handle the high volume of calls in response to the launch of public vaccination efforts for COVID-19.
With the closing of the call center, members of the public who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or need tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Macon County Health Department directly at 828-349-2081, where they can then schedule an appointment for either testing or vaccination.
Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director, said of the closing, “We are so thankful for the xommunity members who stepped up to help our community and make the vaccine call center possible. This is not the end of our push to have Macon County residents vaccinated against this deadly virus, but we are beginning to incorporate our COVID-19 response with the important work we do every day.”
With generous support from Drake Enterprises, Macon County was able to launch a dedicated call center that could handle the demand for lifesaving vaccines. The call center was also able to hire temporary positions to staff the call center with funds made available by the Macon County Board of Commissioners, in addition to realignment of existing Macon County employees, and Macon County citizens who volunteered their time to help their community.
Integral to the opening of the vaccine call center was County Manager, Derek Roland. Mr. Roland was able to mobilize various county agencies, to assure the success of the call center. “The success we had at the call center would not have been possible without Mr. Phil Drake and his willingness to donate his facility, staff and equipment. In addition, the hard work and dedication of Sheriff Robert Holland, Tammy Keezer and all those employees and volunteers at the call center, whether it be disseminating information or registering individuals for vaccines, directly resulted in Macon County having one of the highest per capita vaccination rates in the state. As a Macon County citizen, I will never be able to thank these individuals enough for the excellent job they have done. As Macon County Manager, it is an honor to work alongside these individuals each and every day.”
The last day the Vaccine Call Center will be active will be Friday, June 18th, 2021 at 4:00pm. Those who wish to schedule an appointment after that time are asked to call Macon County Public Health at 828-349-2081. The Health Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm
MCPH Vaccine Update - May 5, 2021
Macon County Public Health Will Being Pre-Registering Children Age 12 to 15 for the COVID-19 Vaccination
With the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine advisory panel set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those aged 12 to 15, Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center will begin to pre-register children, should their parents wish for them to be vaccinated once the vaccine has been approved. No Pfizer clinics are currently planned, though the public and those who pre-register will be notified once appointments become available for the Pfizer vaccine with Macon County Public Health.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization, and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19, and vaccine clinical trials for the age 12 to 15 group had no symptomatic infections after being fully vaccinated. Side effects in this age group were similar to that of the age 16 to 25 group which included fever, pain at the injection site, and cold like symptoms lasting no longer than 72 hours after the injection.
Vaccinating children is key to increasing immunity within our community, and allowing students to return to a normal school life. Once fully-vaccinated, students will be able to stay in in-person classroom settings regardless of exposure, and those with no symptoms will be allowed to attend classes.
Parents that want their child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to pre-register. Any adult who wishes to receive the vaccine, may also call the Vaccine Call Center to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.