NC COVID March 1 Update: Area school districts rapidly adjusting COVID 19 face mask requirements

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Here’s the latest news and information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.

2 p.m.
For the second day in a row, the NCDHHS reports less than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19.

The positive percentage daily rate also remained below 7%, almost half of what it was last week.

The measurements are more like those of November 2021, before the holiday gatherings and the spread of the omicron variant.

1:55 p.m.
Edgecombe County schools are making COVID-19 face coverings optional starting Wednesday.

On all school grounds, students and staff can choose to mask up or not. They will still be required to board buses or other school transportation vehicles.

9:50 am
Masks are now optional for students and staff on buses operated by Cumberland County schools.

The school district cited new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as why masks would no longer be needed.

CSC said it will continue to promote physical distancing, hand washing, voluntary masking and enhanced cleaning policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

TUESDAY MORNING TIME

Face coverings are now optional for students and staff in the Wake County Public School System during extracurricular activities and bus rides related to those activities.

Masks are still mandatory in classrooms and on regular bus lines until Monday.

Edgecombe County Schools called a special meeting Tuesday to discuss classroom masking requirements.

County Durham plans to drop its mask mandate on Monday. Durham Public Schools have yet to announce plans to eliminate their mask requirements.

MONDAY
8:49 p.m.
The City and County of Durham will scrap the indoor mask mandate, effective March 7 at 12:01 a.m., Durham Director of Public Health Rod Jenkins announced at the County Durham Board of Commissioners meeting. Monday.

Durham officials said metrics, including the lab test positivity rate, now at 4.8 per cent, and the number of inpatient beds, currently at 134 at Durham healthcare facilities, continue to decline. to lower.

“It continues to be a fluid situation,” Jenkins said, “We will continue to monitor data on the number of cases after the mandate is dropped. Additionally, if a new variant emerges, we may need to take more aggressive action, including reinstating the mask mandate.”

Authorities continue to urge the public to get vaccinated and to be reminded as well.

“With this good news, I can’t urge the public enough to get vaccinated, if they haven’t already,” Mayor Elaine O’Neal said. “Even though we have a high number of residents who are vaccinated and have received their boosters, too many of them have not. We know from the data that those who are not vaccinated are showing symptoms of COVID -19 more serious that can result in hospitalization, which is a key measure that took into account our decision to lift the mask mandate.”

Although mask-wearing won’t be mandatory after midnight on March 7, O’Neal called for kindness during this time of transition.

“Although the mandate is lifted, it is still acceptable to wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable in public places,” she said. “This decision just allows people to make their own choice. Dealing with this pandemic has been difficult for everyone. Now is the time to be kind to one another.”

According to federal and CDC guidelines, masks are still required in healthcare facilities and on all public transportation. Officials will continue to monitor critical metrics in the coming weeks.

2 p.m.
COVID-19 measures continue to improve across North Carolina.

The NCDHHS reported just 909 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday with a positive rate of just 6.9%.

For comparison, last Monday more than 2,000 new cases were recorded with a percentage of positive rates of 10.7%.

As of Monday, 2,296 people were hospitalized with the virus. Now that number has dropped to 1,618.

MONDAY MORNING TITLES
New mask guidelines go into effect Monday at NC State.

Masks will no longer be required in most indoor environments. The university said improved COVID-19 measures allowed for a relaxation of face-covering rules.

Face coverings will still be required in all classrooms, labs and on Wolfline buses.

COVID-19 tests are no longer required, but the university said free tests will still be available to everyone.

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