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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-

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.”

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 at

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 8:00am – 5:00pm, until further notice. Those wishing to be registered and contacted when they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should contact the Macon County COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center, open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm, at 828-524-1500.

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