Raleigh, Caroline du Nord – About six weeks to less than a year behind face covers, North Carolinians have more places to get rid of the mask after Governor Roy Cooper announced on Friday that the state would no longer need the mask. masks and social distancing.
Cooper placed the state under that mandate on June 24, 2020, with the state’s daily average of new coronavirus cases being around 1,300. Almost a year later and after a peak of 8,700 new cases per day in January, North Carolina returned to an average of 1,300 new cases per day.
New COVID-19 Cases Reported, Deaths in North Carolina
The new laboratory-confirmed cases and deaths are based on daily reports from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services via the agency’s COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard began reporting the number of cases on March 13 and the number of deaths on March 26. Because these numbers of cases and deaths can be shifted slightly depending on the time it takes for labs to process tests and for health officials to confirm cases, we also calculate a seven daily moving average to show the case curve. . NOTE: This chart now includes cases and deaths identified through antigen testing, which DHHS began reporting on its dashboard on September 25. Learn more about the fixes and compare the changes here.
Source: NC DHHS
Graphique: Tyler Dukes, WRAL
North Carolina’s change to the mask’s mandate is in line with updated guidelines released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control. The state will continue to require all people to wear masks in public schools, health care facilities, child care centers, public transportation and prisons.
All current capacity restrictions in interior spaces have also been lifted.
“Getting the vaccine is our way through this,” Cooper said. The CDC presented research on Thursday that showed the vaccine provides enough protection against the virus that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks.
The state Department of Health and Human Services still urges unvaccinated people to continue wearing masks, but masks will no longer be required by law.
“While today’s news means we’re even closer to putting this behind us, that doesn’t mean we’re there yet,” Cooper said. “The pandemic is still here, especially for those who are not vaccinated. “
Businesses and local governments will still be able to demand masked warrants, according to the governor. Retail chains like Walmart, Target, Harris Teeter, Starbucks and Home Depot planned to continue demanding masks.
Cooper originally planned to lift the mask’s mandate statewide on June 1 – or after two-thirds of adults statewide had at least one injection of COVID. More than 50% of adults in the state received at least one dose of the vaccine on Friday. More than 45% of adults in the state are fully vaccinated.
“Today’s announcement is a big step forward, but it’s not the finish line,” said Dr Mandy Cohen, secretary of NCDHHS.
Masks will always be needed for children in summer camps, daycares and public schools, Cohen said. The state still requires masks for children, as not all children are eligible to be vaccinated yet. The percentage of children 17 and under testing positive for the virus has increased, according to Cohen.
The state said it plans to offer incentives to people who get vaccinated.