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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Notices & Information from the Town of Franklin NC

September 17 Update: 20 Active Cases of COVID-19 in Macon County, 557 Recovered, 7 Deaths | 584 Total Cases

North Carolina to Remain Paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 through 5:00 pm Friday, September 4, 2020 - STATEWIDE REQUIREMENT FOR FACE COVERINGS

» Read Executive Order 155 | » Read NCDHHS Interim Guidance of Face Coverings

NEW! North Carolina to enter Safer at Home Phase 2.5 at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020 - STATEWIDE REQUIREMENT FOR FACE COVERINGS CONTINUES - In effect until October 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm

» Read Executive Order 163 | » Phase 2.5 FAQ (these documents are in PDF format)

Phase 2.5 means the following for North Carolina:

  • Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Playgrounds may open.
  • Museums and aquariums may open at 50% capacity.
  • Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.
  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.
  • Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits.

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.

» GO TO THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FROM THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN, NC

» CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST CDC GUIDANCE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM COVID-19

Macon County Reports 3 Additional Deaths Related to COVID-19

Three Macon County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. These individuals were over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions. To protect the families ́ privacy, no further information will be released about these patients.

“We are extremely saddened by these losses. As this pandemic is affecting our entire community, today we pray for these families coping with this devastating news.” stated Kathy McGaha, Macon County Health Director.

Mrs. McGaha continued, “It is so important that each of us do what we can to limit the spread of this virus. 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

Wednesday, September 16 - Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified at Franklin High School

Today we were notified that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed 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 Public Health Department as we monitor this situation.

Thursday, September 10 - Board of Education Special Called Meeting Update

On a motion made by Tommy Cabe and seconded by Fred Goldsmith, the Board approved by a 5-0 vote to lift the suspension of face-to-face instruction for Macon Middle School, Mountain View Intermediate School and Union Academy. Students at Macon Middle School, Mountain View Intermediate School and Union Academy will return to their face-to-face, Plan B schedule beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. Fridays will remain a remote learning day. All Franklin area K-4 schools as well as Macon Early College, Highlands School and Nantahala School will continue on with their current plan.

On a motion made by Tommy Cabe and seconded by Fred Goldsmith, the Board voted 4-1, with Stephanie McCall opposing the motion, to approve Franklin High School’s request to lift the suspension of face-to-face instruction for Franklin High School. Students at Franklin High School will return to their face-to-face, Plan B schedule on Monday, September 14, 2020. Freshmen will attend on Mondays, Sophomores on Tuesdays, Juniors on Wednesdays, and Seniors on Thursdays. Fridays will remain a remote learning day for everyone. The expectation is for Franklin High School students to begin face-to-face instruction two days per week no later than September 28, 2020 or as soon as all social distancing protocols can be met.

Tuesday, September 1 - School Nutrition Update

USDA has extended waivers that will allow Macon County Schools to continue to serve students through the Summer Food Service Program through December 2020. All students will continue to be able to eat for free!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact School Nutrition Director David Lightner at david.lightner@macon.k12.nc.us or 828-524-3314 ext. 1010.

Friday, August 28 - Staff Member at Iotla Valley Elementary Tests Positive for COVID-19

Today, we were notified that a staff member at Iotla Valley Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is currently 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, August 24 - Macon County Public Health Identifies a Cluster at a Macon County School

Macon County Public Health has identified a cluster of individuals at Franklin High School who have tested positive and are isolated from others. All staff and students who have potentially been exposed to these individuals have been contacted and will be tested for COVID-19.

In addition to Franklin High School staff and students, 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/parent, 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 Macon County Public Schools are working together to limit the spread of COVID-19 among staff, students, and the community.

Sunday, August 23 - Student Tests Positive at East Franklin Elementary School

Today we were notified that a student at East Franklin Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is currently 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.

» Download Macon County Schools Reopening Plan

» Find Latest Updates on MCS Facebook Page

August 18 - 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 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. This individual has not had contact with the public.

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 by clicking here.

CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS

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.

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Franklin, North CarolinaTown of Franklin

Welcome to the Town of Franklin. We invite you to explore our website for the latest information for residents, businesses, and visitors.

Information is updated on a regular basis with announcements and other events happening in and around Franklin. Town hall meeting agendas & minutes, town sign & zoning ordinances, GIS mapping and other useful information can also be found on FranklinNC.com.

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Mayor's WelcomeMessage from Mayor Bob Scott

Thank you for visiting the Town of Franklin online. The purpose of this site is to keep the citizens, businesses and visitors of Franklin informed with a wide variety of information. Franklin is a slice of small town America that is rich in culture and history. Yet, we embrace the future with a business friendly community and work to provide amenities that help our Town grow. If you’re visiting discover all that Franklin has to offer.

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Information from the Town of Franklin North Carolina

Corona virusInformation

During this time of heightened awareness for public safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Franklin will keep our citizens and visitors up-to-date with a special website page devoted to Coronavirus information.

In addition to any precautions being taken by the Town of Franklin, NC, you will also find a list of resources to educate yourself on the latest new concerning this public health event.

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about franklin, ncDiscover Us!

The Town of Franklin is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina and is surrounded by beautiful streams & waterfalls and offers a wealth of things to do. We were recently named the 25th best city to live in North Carolina by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy our many festivals & events along with great shopping and services from our Downtown Merchants. Discover the breathtaking views around Franklin on one of the many hiking trails. You'll also discover plenty of fishing, hunting, rafting, kayaking and more outdoor adventures!

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PAY YOUR WATER BILL ONLINENow Available

PLEASE NOTE: In order to access online bill pay you will need your new account number and last amount paid. Surcharges apply.

Save time or a trip to Town Hall by utilizing this new online bill pay service. Simply follow this link or choose the quick link at the bottom of the page to be redirected to a secure page where you can pay your water bill online. Please note a new window will open.

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public noticesLatest Information & Announcements

As a service to our citizens and business community, the Town of Franklin posts notices of official public hearings held by Town Board of Aldermen and Town boards and authorities. Information is also posted on bids being accepted by the Town of Franklin and other notices for our community's input and participation. You'll find a complete listing of the latest Public Notices and additional information here.

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FRANKLIN FESTIVALS & MOREAlways Something To Do

From Pickin' on the Square to the World Famous Pumpkin Roll, you'll discover there is always something to in Franklin, NC.

The Town of Franklin sponsors many special events each year including PumpkinFest & Winter Wonderland. Downtown Merchants also host special events including Airing of the Quilts, Appalachian Heritage Festival and more. Click below to go to our special festivals & events website.

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Resources for Opening a Business in Franklin, North Carolina

Opening a Business?Information to Assist You

Franklin, North Carolina is the perfect place for your business venture. We welcome you to be a part of our thriving community.

Before opening a business in Franklin there are a few steps everyone needs to take before buying a property or signing a lease.

Click the link below to learn how to get started in opening a business in Franklin, NC.

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Information for New Residents to Franklin NC

Moving to Franklin?Information for Residents

The Town of Franklin, NC is a great place to work, live and play!

If you're considering a move to our wonderful town, we've compiled a list of resources to help you get started.

You'll find even more in our For Residents section on this site's main menu.

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