By Outer Banks Voice on April 28, 2021
A day after the CDC relaxed outdoor mask-wearing guidance, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that as of Friday, April 30, outdoor masks will no longer be mandated in the state. In addition, mass gathering limits are being expanded to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors starting Friday.
The April 28 announcement at a press briefing follows last week’s announcement that current COVID-19 capacity, social distancing and mass gathering restrictions could be lifted by June 1. Cooper also said today that once two-thirds of North Carolina residents age 18 and older have received at least one shot of COVID vaccine, the state could lift the indoor mask-wearing requirement.
Currently, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) says 48.7% of adults in the state have received at least one shot and that 39.2% have been fully vaccinated.
In assessing the trajectory of COVID in the state, Cooper stated that “while our numbers seem stable, we’re not seeing the decline in metrics we’d like to see.”
Addressing several key metrics, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen noted that the number of cases reported has levelled off at about 1,500-2,000 per day; that the percentage of positive tests has been “holding steady” at around the 5% goal (although she said the number of tests administered have dropped significantly); and that the number of hospitalizations due to the virus is “largely level,” while the state’s hospitals still have adequate capacity.
The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on April 28, the most in a single day since April 17. A majority of the cases (7) involve non-residents of Dare County while 4 involve residents. In addition, the DHHS reported that 9 county residents previously categorized as having active cases are now considered recovered— leaving 18 active cases in the county.
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