COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

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Franklin & Macon County NC

Macon County NC, Information & Resources

April 8 - COVID-19 Case Count Update:
30 Active Cases of COVID-19 in Macon County
3,046 Recovered • 32 Deaths • 3,108 Total Cases

Total First Dose Vaccines Given by MCPH & Off-Site: 11,589 (second dose vaccines not reflected in total)

Due to the upcoming holiday and staffing, the next update will be on 4/5/2021.

Macon's Status at YELLOW or Significant in COVID-19 County Alert System (as of April 1, 2021)
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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.

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Macon County Public Health Vaccination Registration Updates

March 30 Update - Macon County Public Health to Receive Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, In Addition to Moderna Supply – Scheduling Evening Appointments

For the period of April 6th through the 12th, Macon County Public Health (MCPH) will receive an additional shipment of vaccine (in addition to the 600 Moderna, sent weekly), which will include 700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Macon County will be hosting a vaccine clinic into the evening hours, to accommodate those who are unable to come during the normal clinic hours. Thursday, April 8th and Monday, April 12th, MCPH will be giving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. The Moderna vaccine will be administered at all other clinics this week.

Macon County Public Health has begun to vaccinate all individuals who are 18 years of age or older, regardless of health status or employment. Macon County Public Health has worked through a majority of the existing waitlist, including those who previously qualified for their vaccine. Appointments are available to all who qualify and want the vaccine.

Macon County Public Health would also like to remind the public that the best vaccine to receive is the first one that you are offered. Each vaccine currently available in the United States are shown to be effective at preventing severe COVID-19 infections, which lead to hospitalization and potentially death. The sooner more are vaccinated, the quicker we will begin to return to a sense of normalcy.
Individuals that want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at 828-524-1500 to register and schedule an appointment. The Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

February 24 Update - Macon Transit Offers Free Transportation for Vaccinations

Need a ride to your COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Macon County Transit (MCT) is offering FREE rides to get your vaccine. Call today to schedule your ride 349-2222.

February 19 Update - NCDHHS Notifies Counties of Weekly Vaccine Allotment and Approved Special Event

Macon County Public Health received notice that it will be receiving five-hundred (500) first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week, for the next three weeks. This number is based on population size. Our neighbors to the west in Clay County will continue to receive one-hundred (100) doses per week, while our neighbors in Jackson County Health department will receive five-hundred (500) doses per week. These shipments typically arrive on Tuesdays. This change does not affect those who are currently scheduled for second doses.

Macon County Public Health has been approved for a “Special Event” allotment, which will bring 1,170 additional doses to Macon County to be used in the Franklin area. These additional doses will be used over the next week (February 22nd to February 26th) to increase the amount of available appointments to those who are eligible. Individuals who are currently on the waiting list are being contacted to schedule appointments.

A small portion of the vaccines received by Macon County Public Health are going to vaccinate homebound individuals who live in Macon County, which is being coordinated through Senior Services and Emergency Services. MCPH is also working with area partners to reach out to Latino community members who fall in the 65+ age group.

Macon County Public Health will continue to update its social media pages to alert the public when the state and county advance to the next group of vaccination. At this time, Macon County Public Health and NCDHHS are in groups Groups 1 and 2, with Group 3, specifically school and childcare staff being eligible to receive vaccine on February 24th.

To register to receive the vaccine and to be contacted when appointments for your group are available, please call 828-524-1500. The vaccine call center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday, until further notice.

February 09 Update - NCDHHS Update

In case you missed it, the NC Department of Health and Human Services switched from a Phased approach to Groups. You can find out which group you fall into by answering a few questions here: https://findmygroup.nc.gov/ They will also send you an email when your group is able to be vaccinated.

NOTE: This is does NOT register you for the vaccine. If you would like to pre-register, call 828-524-1500 to register.

Macon County Public Health Streamlines Vaccine Registration and Appointment Scheduling

Macon County Public Health has streamlined the COVID-19 vaccination registration and appointment scheduling process in an effort to register individuals and schedule appointments in a timelier manner.

Beginning Tuesday, January 25, 2021, individuals who need to register or schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination should call 828-524-1500. The Call Center is operating Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Macon County is currently vaccinating individuals’ eligible for Group 1 (Health Care Workers with in-person Patient Contact) and Group 2 (Individuals age 65 and over). Those who are eligible under either of these groups who have not registered or need to schedule an appointment should call 828-524-1500.

Vaccination clinics are being held Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Due to vaccine allocations not meeting the current demand, Macon County Public Health has begun a waitlist system for individuals who register or need to schedule appointments from January 25, 2021 forward. Appointment slots will be established based on vaccine supply. As vaccine becomes available individuals on the waitlist will be contacted with their appointment date and time.

Individuals’ needing an appointment for COVID-19 testing should call 828-349-2517. Testing clinics are also being held daily Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm.

Macon County Public Health is providing testing and vaccination clinics through a drive-thru clinic at 1830 Lakeside Drive in Franklin and, an appointment is required. We are continually working on ways to expand current capacity and streamlining the scheduling process and request the community assist us by holding calls to schedule vaccinations until your phase is announced.

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.

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.

MACON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

March 23 - Macon County Reports Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification that two Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about these individuals. These deaths bring Macon County to thirty-two (32) deaths related to COVID-19.

“We are thinking about these individuals’ friends and family, and hope for their comfort as they mourn their loss,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha. McGaha continued, “Macon County’s vaccination process is underway, and there are appointments available for this lifesaving vaccine for all over the age of 18. The more individuals who get this vaccine, the more likely that we will stop seeing COVID-19 deaths.”

February 22 - Macon County Reports Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that two Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about these individuals. These deaths bring Macon County to thirty (30) deaths related to COVID-19.

“The friends and family of these individuals are in our prayers and thoughts, as they mourn the loss of their loved ones,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha. McGaha continued, “Macon County has begun our vaccination process, and while demand has outpaced out current supply, we are continuing to vaccinate as quickly as we can. It is essential that people continue to practice the 3Ws: wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask, to protect our fellow citizens.”

February 19 - Macon County Reports Additional Death Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that a Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has passed away. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about this individual. This death brings Macon County to twenty-eight (28) deaths related to COVID-19.

“We are thinking about this individuals’ friends and family, and hope for their comfort as they mourn their loss,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha. McGaha continued, “Macon County has begun our vaccination process, and while we wait for more vaccine, it is essential that people continue to practice the 3Ws: wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask, to protect our fellow citizens.”

February 15 - Macon County Reports Additional Death Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification that a Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has passed away. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information will be released about this individual. This death brings Macon County to twenty-seven (27) deaths related to COVID-19.

Health Director, Kathy McGaha said, “This individual’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Any death from COVID-19 is a life gone too soon.” Ms. McGaha also stated, “Macon County has begun to vaccinate the community against COVID-19 to prevent future infections and death. However, while we still have a limited supply which has outpaced demand, it is important that our community continue to wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask.”

February 11 - Macon County Leaders Encourage Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine

The supply of the North Carolina DHHS COVID-19 vaccine is limited at this time and a waiting list was established at the end of January. Currently, only individuals in Group 1 (health workers with in-person contact with patients) and Group 2 (Individuals over 65 years old) are eligible to receive the vaccine according to the DHS program from NC. However, Macon County leaders recommend residents to register to receive the vaccine regardless of the criteria of eligibleness. A description of the groups is below.

In preparation to receive the vaccine in the future, Macon County has opened registration to all individuals regardless of the criteria for eligible within which they are. Please note that if you are not in the Eligibility category 1 or 2 the time between your registration and an appointment could be several weeks or months. County Manager Derek Roland declares: "We recommend Macon County residents to register now so that when we receive the vaccine and other eligible groups open, appointments can be quickly scheduled. We appreciate your patience while waiting for the North Carolina DHHS vaccine ".

Macon County is distributing the Modern vaccine right now, which is available to people over the age of 18; however, other DHS CN sites are distributing the Pfizer vaccine, which is for people over 16 years.

Each vaccine distributing entity may raise the registration process differently, if you plan to receive a vaccine from a hospital, pharmacy or medical, the registration process will be different.

People must call 828-524-1500 to start the registration process and be added to the waiting list Once the North Carolina DHHS opens a new group and the vaccine is available, people on the waiting list will be scheduled first come first serve.

February 09 - Macon County Reports Two Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that two Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family ́s privacy, no further information will be released about these individuals. This death brings Macon County to twenty-six (26) deaths related to COVID-19. “We continue to see additional deaths following the holiday season,” said Health Director, Kathy McGaha.

McGaha continued, “we are thinking about these individuals’ friends and family, and hope for their comfort as they mourn their loss. Macon County is still in the beginning stages of our vaccination process while we wait for more vaccine. It is essential that people continue to practice the 3Ws: wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask.”

February 08 - Macon County Reports Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that two Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about these individuals. This death brings Macon County to twenty-four (24) deaths related to COVID-19.

Health Director, Kathy McGaha said, “COVID-19 continues to take too many individuals too soon. These individual’s families and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.” Ms. McGaha also stated, “Macon County has begun to vaccinate the community against COVID-19 to prevent future infections and death. However, while we still have a limited supply which has outpaced demand, it is important that our community continue to wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask.”

February 05 - Macon County Reports Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that three Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about these individuals. This death brings Macon County to twenty-two (22) deaths related to COVID-19.

Health Director, Kathy McGaha said, “We extend our deepest sympathies to these individual’s families and their loved ones. Every death from COVID-19 is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.” Ms. McGaha also stated, “Macon County has begun to vaccinate the community against COVID-19 to prevent future infections and death. However, while we still have a limited supply which has outpaced demand, it is important that our community continue to wash our hands, wait 6 feet apart, and wear a mask.”

January 29 - NCDHHS Notifies Counties of Weekly Vaccine Allotment

Macon County received notice yesterday that it will be receiving 300 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week, for the next three weeks. This number is based on population size. Our neighbors to the west in Clay County will receive 100 per week, while our neighbors in Jackson County will receive 400 per week. These shipments arrive on Tuesdays. The vaccination schedule will change because of the number of vaccines the county expects to receive. The schedule update will be addressed in a separate press release.

Additionally, all vaccines that Macon County Public Health receives from the state will be used by Macon County Public Health to execute its vaccine efforts. HCA Mission and Pardee were able to re-direct vaccines to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau COVID-19 Vaccination Initiative clinics, which provided vaccines to those who are eligible and live in the Highlands-Cashiers area.

NCDHHS updates its website to reflect the current group eligible for vaccine. You can view the site by clicking here.

Macon County Public Health will update its social media pages to alert the public when the state and county advance to the next group of vaccination. At this time, Macon County Public Health and NCDHHS are not scheduling individuals for vaccination in groups other than Groups 1 and 2.

January 22 - Macon County Reports Additional Death Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that a Macon County resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has passed away. The death occurred in Macon County and the individual was over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about the individual. This death brings Macon County to eighteen (18) deaths related to COVID-19.

Health Director, Kathy McGaha said, “We continue to be in the critical outbreak stage but, we can make a difference by being diligent in wearing a mask, washing our 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.”

January 15 - Macon County Reports 5 Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health received notification today that five (5) Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have passed away since December 30th, 2021. Each of these deaths occurred outside of Macon County and all were over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. To protect the family´s privacy, no further information will be released about these patients. This death brings Macon County to seventeen (17) deaths related to COVID-19.

Health Director, Kathy McGaha said, “We continue to be in the critical outbreak stage but, we can make a difference by be diligent in wearing a mask, washing our 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.”

January 11 - Macon County Public Health to Stop the Announcement of Clusters

Macon County Public Health is announcing that it will begin to vaccinate those eligible under Phase 1B, Group 1 starting this week. This group includes those who are 75 years of age or older, regardless of health status. Those who are eligible under this phase, receive a vaccination, can call 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment. Vaccine appointments will be at Macon County Public Health located at 1830 Lakeside Drive in Franklin, and will be conducted through a drive-thru clinic.

Macon County Public Health is also actively looking for ways to expand current vaccine capacity. W, while also maintaining some scheduling gaps that the organization has blocked for those who will be receiving their second dose. All considerations are being weighed to continue to offer an exceptional level of care and dedication to our community. We ask that the community continue to be patient with us as we work through these hurdles and, continue to provide the best service possible in this challenging time.

January 05 - Macon County Public Health Identifies COVID-19 Outbreak

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak at Macon Valley. Thirteen residents and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All patients who have tested positive are doing well and are isolated from others. Staff who have tested positive will not return to work until they are no longer infectious.

All the residents and staff of Macon Valley have been notified of their exposure and are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 at the direction MCPH’s Medical Director and the facility’s leadership team, and plans are in place to isolate any other individuals, should there be a positive result. Macon Valley and Macon County Public Health have been working together and have verified that both facilities have all the necessary PPE, sanitizing, and monitoring supplies and guidance they need to assure that any spread is minimal.

In addition to staff and residents, MCPH is working to identify any additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 15 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

Macon Valley will be closed to visitors to slow the risk of spread within the facility and to the community. All residents and staff of both facilities have been tested and are awaiting results. All residents and staff will be tested every week until there are two consecutive weeks of all negative results. When two consecutive weeks of negative results for all come back, then facilities can begin to allow minimal visitation again.

Macon County Schools Information

Friday, April 9 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of two positive cases of COVID-19 at Franklin High 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.

Wednesday, April 7 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at East Franklin Elementary School. This individual is 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.

Tuesday, April 6 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Franklin High School. This individual is 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, March 22 - For Immediate Release- Senate Bill 220

On March 11, 2021, Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 220 into law. Senate Bill 220 requires Local Boards of education to provide in-person learning for grade K-5 in Plan A, and for grades 6-12 in either Plan B or Plan A, while meeting all health and safety requirements in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). While the Macon County School system is currently meeting the requirements that are outlined in Senate Bill 220, our school system may now choose to allow all of our students to return to school. Our schools are still required to offer families the option of attending school virtually.

On a motion made by Tommy Cabe and seconded by Carol Arnold, the Macon County Board of Education approved by a 5-0 vote to have Mountain View Intermediate, Macon Middle School, and Franklin High School begin operating under Plan A when students return from spring break on Monday, April 5, 2021. By waiting until April 5, families and teachers will be given adequate time to prepare for the schedule change. More importantly, all staff having chosen to be vaccinated will have been provided the 2 weeks required to develop immunity to COVID-19.

Mountain View Intermediate School, Macon Middle School, and Union Academy will continue to require that each Friday be a virtual day in order to adequately interact with their virtual students. Franklin High School and Macon Early College will operate under Plan A 5 days per week. Cartoogechaye Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Iotla Valley Elementary, South Macon Elementary, Nantahala School and Highlands School will not alter their current schedule of operations.

It is important to note that Senate Bill 220 requires that schools continue to adhere to the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). While more of our students are allowed back on our campuses face coverings remain a mandate in North Carolina schools.

Monday, March 22 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-1, South Macon Elementary School-1 and Franklin High School-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.

Wednesday, March 10 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 within Macon County Schools Support Staff. This individual is 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.

Tuesday, March 09 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 within Macon County Schools Support Staff. This individual is 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, March 08 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 within Macon County Schools Support Staff. This individual is 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.

Wednesday, March 03 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Iotla Valley Elementary School. This individual is 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.

Tuesday, March 02 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Franklin High School. This individual is 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.

Wednesday, February 24 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Franklin High School. This individual is 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.

Tuesday, February 23 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Franklin High School. This individual is 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, February 22 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: South Macon Elementary School-1, Franklin High School-4, Macon Middle School-1, Union Academy-1 and Highlands School-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.

Thursday, February 18 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: South Macon Elementary School-1, Franklin High School-1 and Mountain View Intermediate 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.

Wednesday, February 17 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Mountain View Intermediate School. This individual is 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, February 15 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: South Macon Elementary School-1 and Franklin High School-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.

Friday, February 12 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-1 and Franklin High School-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.

Thursday, February 11 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-1, Franklin High School-1 and East Franklin Elementary School-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.

Wednesday, February 10 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of two positive cases of COVID-19 at Macon Early College. 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.

Tuesday, February 09 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-1 and East Franklin Elementary School-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.

Monday, February 08 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-2, Mountain View Intermediate School-1, South Macon Elementary School-1 and Iotla Valley Elementary School-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.

Friday, February 05 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-2 and Mountain View Intermediate School-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.

Thursday, February 04 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-3 and East Franklin Elementary School-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.

Thursday, February 04 - Board of Education Meeting Update

This morning, the Macon County Board of Education met for a special called board meeting. The following items were on the agenda:

• Senate Bill 37/Governor’s Press Conference - Dr. Chris Baldwin
• Public Comment - John DeVille
• Virtual School Updates - Josh Lynch
• Macon County Public Health Update -Julie Rogers/Kathy McGaha

COVID-19 vaccinations for school system personnel was also a topic of discussion.

Macon County Schools will continue with the current plan for students. Franklin area grades K-4 will remain in Plan A, grades 5-12 will remain in Plan B. Macon Early College, Highlands School and Nantahala School will also remain on their current plans. If Senate Bill 37 is passed, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin informed the Board that there would be an option of returning to Plan A for all students if current protocols are modified. The Macon County School System will continue to work closely with the Macon County Health Department as monitor COVID-19 among our students, staff and community.

Wednesday, February 03 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-6, Iotla Valley Elementary School-1, Macon Middle School-1 and Mountain View Intermediate School-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.

Tuesday, February 02 - Macon County Board of Education Special Called Meeting Notification

In light of the Governor’s most recent announcement regarding in-person instruction, the Macon County Board of Education will hold a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2021 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Macon County Schools Administrative Offices. The meeting will be live-streamed at www.macon.k12.nc.us

For more information regarding the Governor’s announcement, please visit this link.

Tuesday, February 02 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-5 and Highlands School-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.

Monday, February 01 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Iotla Valley Elementary-1, Franklin High School-3, and Highlands School-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.

Friday, January 29 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at Franklin High School. This individual is 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.

Thursday, January 28 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-2, Franklin High School-2 and Iotla Valley Elementary School-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.

Wednesday, January 27 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 at East Franklin Elementary School. This individual is 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.

Tuesday, January 26 - COVID-19 Update

This afternoon we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-1, Franklin High School-2, East Franklin Elementary School-1, Highlands School-1, Iotla Valley Elementary School-2 and Macon Middle School-3. 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, January 25 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School-3, Franklin High School-1, Cartoogechaye Elementary School-1, and East Franklin Elementary School-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.

Friday, January 22 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Iotla Valley Elementary School-1, Macon Early College-1, South Macon Elementary School-1, Cartoogechaye Elementary School-1, Mountain View Intermediate School-1, Franklin High School-1 and Macon Middle School-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.

Thursday, January 21 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: East Franklin Elementary School-1, Iotla Valley Elementary School-2, Union Academy-1, Franklin High School-1 and Macon Middle School-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.

Wednesday, January 20 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-2 and Mountain View Intermediate School-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.

Tuesday, January 19 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of one positive case of COVID-19 within our Macon County Schools Support Staff as well as positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Iotla Valley Elementary School-1, East Franklin Elementary School-1, Franklin High School-5, Highlands School-1 and Macon Middle School-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.

Friday, January 15 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Macon Middle School-1 and Cartoogechaye Elementary School-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.

Thursday, January 14 - Updates

Due to the unavailability of school nurses, Franklin area schools (with the exception of Macon Early College), will have a virtual learning day for students on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We hope to return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Please also remember that all schools will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-1, Mountain View Intermediate School-1, and Macon Early College-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.

Wednesday, January 13 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of 3 positive cases COVID-19 at Macon Middle 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.

Tuesday, January 12 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-1, Mountain View Intermediate School-1, Macon Early College-1, and Iotla Valley Elementary School-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.

Monday, January 11 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Cartoogechaye Elementary School-1 and Highlands School-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.

Thursday, January 07 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-1, Iotla Valley Elementary School-1, and Mountain View Intermediate School-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.

Wednesday, January 06 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified of positive cases of COVID-19 at the following locations: Franklin High School-1, East Franklin Elementary School-1, and Mountain View Intermediate School-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.

Tuesday, January 05 - COVID-19 Update

This morning we were notified that one positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed within the Macon County Schools Administrative Staff as well as positive cases at the following locations: Highlands School-1, Macon Middle School-2, Macon Early College-1, Franklin High School-1 and Cartoogechaye Elementary School-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.

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Macon County Government Updates

August 24 - Two Macon County EMS Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Two Macon County EMS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Both have been isolating at home and doing well.

All EMS employees wear masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment on all patient encounters. Sanitation with specialized cleaning equipment occurs regularly on all ambulances and crew quarters. The healthcare system in general is still considered very safe due to the measures taken in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of the general public and minimizing the risk for exposure within the system.

Macon County Emergency Services has contingency plans in place to ensure continuity of operations of the emergency medical system in the event of widespread illness that leads to employee shortages. The public should rest assured that when they dial 9-1-1 someone will be there to provide safe and effective care when they need it.

August 24 - Macon County Public Health Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Macon County has identified that a third Macon County Public Health employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is isolating at home and doing well. Close contacts of the employee have been notified and tested. The necessary steps to disinfect the affected area have been performed.

Since March, Macon County has implemented strong infection control standards in all county facilities to protect employees and citizens.

These measures include:
• providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees who need it,
• limiting access to county building and congregate areas,
• implementing a health screening process for all employees, such as taking temperatures before work,
• assuring that employees who work in an office-based setting are maintaining social distancing measures,
• moving to appointment-based services and limiting walk-in services, and
• implementing teleworking agreements for some personnel to work from home (should their job allow).

Macon County Public Health is confident the risk of exposure for employees and citizens is minimal, and by implementing these measures, the county has been and will continue to provide services safely.

Community transmission is still occurring in Macon County, and MCPH encourages all individuals and organizations remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Macon County 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 website by clicking here.

Macon County Public Health COVID-19 News

August 3 - Macon County Public Health Identifies a COVID-19 Outbreak

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak in staff and residents at Drake Cottage, a congregate living facility. Four individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. All positive patients are being isolated and are doing well. Drake Cottage has been following the highest levels of Personal Protective Equipment standards while in their facility and especially when working with residents.
All the residents and staff of Drake Cottage have been tested for COVID-19 at the direction MCPH’s Medical Director and Drake Cottage. All results have been received, and all residents and staff will be tested again later in the week. Drake Cottage and Macon County Public Health are working together and have verified that Drake Cottage has all the necessary PPE, sanitizing, and monitoring supplies and guidance they need to assure that any spread is minimal.

In addition to Drake Cottage staff and residents, MCPH is working to identify any additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

July 10 - Macon County Public Health Identifies a Cluster in Farming Community

Macon County Public Health has identified a cluster of 9 people who have tested positive at Norton Creek Farms. Employees who have tested positive are isolated from others. All of the farm workers who have potentially been exposed to these individuals have been contacted and will be tested for COVID-19.

In addition to Norton Creek Farms employees, MCPH is working to identify any additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing. MCPH’s Medical Director and Norton Creek Farms are working together to limit the spread of COVID-19 among farm workers and the community. Norton Creek Farm owner, Nathan Moss, has said of the farm’s precautions for COVID-19, “We have use the strongest precautions possible to keep our farm workers and community safe, and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our workers and community.”

July 7 - Macon County Public Health Identifies Additional COVID-19 Case at Congregate Living Facility

Macon County Public Health was notified that a resident and employee at Macon Valley Nursing Home have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings Macon Valley Nursing Home’s outbreak to a total of 5; 4 staff members and 1 resident. The resident is asymptomatic and is isolated at Macon Valley and the staff member, who is also asymptomatic, has been isolated at home. None of the positive employees will return to work until they have two negative COVID-19 tests, taken 24 hours apart.

Macon Valley Nursing Home has been following the highest levels of Personal Protective Equipment standards and procedures while in their facility and when working with patients. All the residents and staff of Macon Valley Nursing Home are being routinely tested for COVID-19 at the direction MCPH’s Medical Director and Macon Valley’s leadership team. Macon Valley Nursing Home and Macon County Public Health have been working together and have verified that Macon Valley has all the necessary PPE, sanitizing, and monitoring supplies and guidance they need to assure that any spread is minimal.

Macon County Public Health has identified a COVID-19 cluster in an area business

NC DPH defines clusters of COVID-19 in workplace, educational, and other community settings as:
• A minimum of 5 cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND
• Plausible linkage between cases;
where cases were present in the same setting during the same time-period (e.g., same shift, same classroom, same physical work area); that the timing fits with likely timing of exposure; and that there is no other more likely source of exposure for identified cases (e.g., household or close contact to a confirmed case in another setting).

Six employees of Wind River Construction have tested positive. All positive individuals have been issued isolation orders. All additional employees are aware of their exposure, and are currently being contacted for testing. All employees who are awaiting test results have also been given instructions to quarantine until they receive a negative test result; those who test positive will be given isolation orders for 14 days or until they receive 2 negative COVID-19 tests within a 24-48-hour period. In addition, management has been provided disinfection guidance.

June 8, 2020 - Macon County Public Health Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Macon County has identified that a Macon County Public Health employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is isolating at home and doing well. Close contacts of the employee have been notified, tested, and are quarantined until they receive their results. This individual has not had contact with the public as a part of their duties during the COVID-19 response.

Since March, Macon County has implemented strong infection control standards in all county facilities to protect employees and citizens. These measures include:
• providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees who need it,
• limiting access to county building and congregate areas,
• implementing a health screening process for all employees, such as taking temperatures before work,
• assuring that employees who work in an office-based setting are maintaining social distancing measures,
• moving to appointment-based services and limiting walk-in services, and
• implementing teleworking agreements for some personnel to work from home (should their job allow).

In addition to the measures above, Macon County Public Health staff is encouraged to be routinely tested as a precaution. Macon County Public Health is confident the risk of exposure for employees and citizens is minimal, and by implementing these measures, the county has been and will continue to provide services safely. The County Maintenance department has performed the necessary steps to disinfect the affected area.

As local businesses open, Macon County leadership encourages all businesses to implement measures to keep employees and customers safe while visiting their establishment. Count On Me NC is a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19, to access the free training visit https://countonmenc.org/.

Positive cases are increasing in Macon County. Macon County 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 website.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like Macon County Public Health, CDC, and NCDHHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

May 29, 2020 - 42 Macon County Residents Test Positive for COVID-19 in Last 48 Hours

Macon County Public Health has identified 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours. This brings Macon County to a total positive count of 63: 59 active, 3 recovered, and 1 death. All individuals who test positive are required to isolate for 14 days. Of the 42 positive cases, MCPH has identified a 6-person cluster at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. The Old Edwards Inn cases were identified from contract tracing efforts from previous cases. Old Edwards Inn is working with MCPH to ensure health and safety for both staff and guests.

MCPH Communicable Disease staff is following up with active cases on a daily basis to monitor symptoms. All 42 positive case were identified through MCPH’s contact tracing efforts related to recent positive cases in our community. The recent identification of clusters of COVID-19 cases confirm there is community spread in Macon County.

“Based on the large amount of positives that we have received over the last week, we have determined that there is community spread in Macon County. We encourage everyone who is able to stay home, to do so. For those who still have to make essential trips, we remind you to practice the 3W’s: Wear, Wash, and Wait,” said Dr. Dewhurst, MCPH Medical Director.

MCPH is reminding community members to practice the 3W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and wait 6 feet apart from others. MCPH is also recommending businesses, churches, and community gathering places to take temperatures of all employees before the start of their shift, implement flexible sick leave policies to allow for employees to take time-off if they or their immediate family is ill, encouraging the disinfection of high-touch surfaces (like doorknobs, keypads, tablets, etc.) and to require masks for all employees.

MCPH is working to identify other close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

May 24, 2020 Update - Macon County Public Health Identifies a COVID-19 Cluster in a Local Church

NC DPH defines clusters of COVID-19 in workplace, educational, and other community settings as:
• A minimum of 5 cases with illness onsets or initial positive results within a 14-day period AND
• Plausible linkage between cases; where cases were present in the same setting during the same time-period (e.g., same shift, same classroom, same physical work area); that the timing fits with likely timing of exposure; and that there is no other more likely source of exposure for identified cases (e.g., household or close contact to a confirmed case in another setting).

Seven (7) members of Evangelical Ebenezer’s congregation have tested positive; all members of the congregation are aware of their exposure, and are currently being contacted for testing. All members of the congregation have also been given instructions to quarantine until they receive a negative test result; those who test positive will be given isolation orders for 14 days. In addition, church leadership has been provided disinfection guidance. This brings Macon County to a total of 16 positive cases: 13 active, 2 recovered, and 1 death.

MCPH is working to identify additional close contacts of these individuals. The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time of 10 minutes or longer. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, determine which if any additional measures are needed such as temperature and symptom checks, quarantine and/or testing.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under phase two. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might 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 orders and continue to practice social distancing, as well as safe hygiene measures such as hand washing and frequently cleaning touched objects and surfaces. The public can monitor the different phases of re-opening and learn more about the restrictions by clicking here.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website and NCDHHS’ website, which also includes future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

MCPH regularly updates our Facebook page with accurate and current information regarding COVID-19; we encourage the public to check our Facebook page by clicking here for up-to-date information.

Macon County repeals, cancels and ends County COVID-19 Pandemic Regulations effective May 8, 2020 - 5PM

Regulations imposed in Macon County (Less the Towns of Franklin and Highlands) by the Macon County Emergency Management Coordinator in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic will be repealed, cancelled and ended effective May 8, 2020 at 05:00PM.

** Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of North Carolina are still valid and remain in full force and effect, including limits on mass gatherings, and retain social distancing requirements. **

The Governor of the State of North Carolina recently shared information about how North Carolina can gradually and safely reopen over three (3) phases beginning approximately May 8, 2020. The Macon County Health Department has also made recommendations for a reopening of Macon County in phases consistent with the plan released by the Governor.

With the number of COVID-19 positive patients having a minimal impact to date on the healthcare system in Macon County and with provisions available to pause reopening actions or take further actions deemed necessary and appropriate in the future, the regulations so imposed by the Emergency Management Coordinator are deemed no longer necessary as of May 8, 2020 at 05:00PM.

Macon County residents and visitors to our county are strongly urged to follow the state's standards for social distancing. All businesses should also follow recommended social distancing and hygiene practices.

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A Message from Macon Transit

In light of the recent COVID-19 situation, Macon County Transit would like to let you know some of the ways we are serving the community during this challenging time.

• Vehicles are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day in order to keep our passengers safe.
• Signage has been added to the vehicles asking passengers to observe social distancing while being transported.
• The maximum number of passenger on our vehicles is five so that social distancing can be observed.
• Transportation to medical appointments inside the county is available.
• Transportation is being provided to essential personnel for employment.
• Transportation to the grocery store is available.
• The Mountain Gem route operates on hourly loops, rather than half-hour loops. Hours of this service is 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.
• In partnership with the Crawford Senior Center, we are assisting with delivery of meals to elderly citizens within the county.
• The shuttle service to the Appalachian Trail is available but operation is slightly different. The vehicle goes to Rock Gap & Winding Stairs at approximately 9:00 a.m. The vehicle remains at Winding Stairs for approximately 30 minutes or until five passengers have boarded. The vehicle returns to Franklin for the hiker(s) to resupply or arrange to get off the trail. The hikers are given information on the recently imposed regulations in place for Macon County. Should they need transportation TO the Asheville airport, every effort is made to take them and drop them off there.
• NO passengers are being picked up FROM the airport and transported to Franklin.
• NO requests are being accepted for out of county appointments until further notice.
• Exceptions will be made to provide transportation to out of county medical appointments when request is made by the Physician’s office as a medical necessity.

The office staff and drivers at Macon County Transit would like you to call our office at 349-2222 if you have any questions or concerns.