By Outer Banks Voice on April 21, 2021
Stating that “we continue to make progress turning the corner on the pandemic,” Governor Roy Cooper provided a glimpse of the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel at an April 21 press briefing.
If the COVID data trends remain good and more people continue to get vaccinated, Cooper stated that current capacity, social distancing and mass gathering restrictions could be lifted by June 1. North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen described it as “lifting most of the executive order-related restrictions” by that date.
One rule that would not be completely lifted is the mask-wearing mandate, but Cooper did say that, “After June 1, we hope that the mask mandate would only be required for people in public places indoors.”
The main theme of the press briefing was a push for more people to get vaccinated in the state. Officials reported that about half of all adults in North Carolina have been vaccinated to date, with the goal to vaccinate two-thirds of all adults as quickly as possible. As part of that vaccine push, Cohen said that starting in May, the state will implement a public information campaign called “Bringing Summer Back: Get Out the Vaccine.”
Once two-thirds of the state’s adults are vaccinated, she added, “We can get back to the summer activity we all love.”
And while acknowledging that COVID hospitalizations have increased somewhat in recent days as has the percentage of positive COVID tests, the outlook from Cooper and Cohen at the press briefing was distinctly upbeat, with Cooper offering a standard caveat. “Although we are making progress,” he said, “we haven’t beaten COVID-19 yet.”
Update: The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 4 cases of COVID-19 on April 21. In addition, it reported that 9 county residents who had been characterized as having active cases are now considered recovered, leaving 21 county residents currently with active cases.
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH