Governor calls for end to mask mandates

From WSJ Staff Reports —

Wednesday, Feb. 16 Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley provided an updateon the state’s COVID-19 metrics and trends. The state’s COVID-19 trends are decreasing, lowering the risk of infection, and improving hospital capacity.

Governor Cooper encouraged schools and local governments to end their mask mandates starting March 7 if our trends continue to improve.

As it has throughout the pandemic, North Carolina is adapting its response based on the data and for the current stage of the pandemic. Vaccines and boosters are widely available and have protected millions of people against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Treatment is available for those at higher risk of severe disease.

To date, North Carolina has administered over 15.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 71 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. About 75 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 96 percent of North Carolinians 65 and over. About 51 percent of eligible adults have received their booster shot.

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