Macon County reports eighth death related to COVID-19

Macon County Public Health reported that an MC resident diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions.

This is the eighth COVID-19 related death in Macon County and was reported on Nov. 9.

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,” said Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director. “As we head into the holiday season and as more people gather indoors, please continue to practice the 3Ws and be mindful of those that are higher risk.”

MCPH daily COVID-19 update on Nov. 10.

McGaha added that people can make a difference adhering to social distancing protocols.

“We can make a difference by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying 6 feet from others,” said McGaha. “Continue to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside your home to help to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Macon County Public Schools reports positive case of COVID-19 at Highlands School on Nov. 10.

MCPS reports positive case of COVID-19 at Highlands School

Macon County Public Schools reported a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Highlands School on Nov. 10.

The 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.

To read about a previous case at Highlands School click HERE.

The entire state of North Carolina is under a “Safer at Home” executive order, currently under phase three with masks required to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.

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 from NCDHHS 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 at and NCDHHS’ website at, which also includes future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina.

Symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, other lower respiratory illness (shortness of breath). If you believe that you may have COVID-19, please call the Health Department at 828-349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., closing daily for lunch from 12-1 p.m., until further notice.

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