Carteret adds 5 new COVID-19 cases Friday as Cooper eases mask mandate, gathering restrictions

This graph using data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services shows Carteret County’s percentage of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases over the total number of tests performed through the week ending May 8. (NCDHHS graphic)

CARTERET COUNTY — The county topped 5,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday with the addition of five new cases reported since Wednesday.

The additional cases bring the overall total to 5,002 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Carteret County since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. Of those, the County Health Department reports 34 cases are active as of Friday afternoon and 4,915 have recovered.

The county’s death toll from the virus remains at 53.

In addition, Carteret Health Care in Morehead City had one COVID-related hospitalization Friday, the same number as reported Monday and Wednesday.

According to data the health department released as part of its weekly, detailed coronavirus report Friday, the percent of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests as a proportion of total tests conducted was around 3% for the week ending May 8. That percentage experienced a brief spike reaching nearly 10% in early April, but has declined steadily since then.

Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced sweeping changes to the state’s coronavirus policies, including lifting the mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status, in most public settings and removing gathering capacity limits and social distancing requirements, effective immediately. The change comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday fully vaccinated people can resume most activities without wearing a mask or social distancing.

“That means in most settings, indoors or outdoors, the state of North Carolina will no longer require you to wear a mask or to be socially distant,” Gov. Cooper said at a news conference Friday afternoon announcing the statewide changes. “This is a big step forward in living our lives the way they were before the pandemic.”

The indoor mask requirement will remain in place on public transportation and in child care centers, schools, prisons and certain health care settings, like nursing homes.

Also, the state began vaccinating children ages 12 to 15 against COVID-19 this week thanks to federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group. The County Health Department said it will offer vaccination clinics for 12- to 15-year-olds throughout the month of June.

Anyone age 12 years and up who wishes to receive the vaccine can call the health department at 252-728-8550, option 2, to schedule an appointment, or visit myspot.nc.gov to find a local provider offering the shot. 

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mpjeep

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued new guidance of not requiring face masks indoors or outdoors last Thursday just one day after she spoke to Congress and defended her stance that masks were necessary.

Is this Science or Politics?

quicksand

Uh, Dr. Walensky defended her statement on TUESDAY.

“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was forced to defend her agency's guidance and even its integrity on Tuesday as Senate Republicans grilled her over CDC messaging on masks and other restrictions, arguing it's frustrating and unreasonable as more Americans get vaccinated.“

From ABC News.......

mpjeep

As Hollywood Fauci wears two masks outside, in one days time, he now defends a decision this week by the CDC to lift its mask mandate for people who are fully vaccinated

Not from ABC news.....

quicksand

Being America, Fauci is permitted to wear one hundred masks! Not quite sure what your issue is with an evolving situation....from The Constitution......

mpjeep

My problem, actually question, are we getting info from Science or Politics? Hard to tell these days.

drewski

DR. Fauchi is about 80 yrs old, therefore he is smart to wear a mask or two. He is also the leading infectious disease expert in govt service. Now I know some folks want or need to beleive what they heard from Tucker carlson, fauchi financed the Wuhan lab. Created covid, and is in league with Bill gates who owns the patents on the vaccines.

Vaccination rates hover about 50% as a national avg. Contemptuous phrases like "face diaper" abound on social media.

How did something like half the population of this country buy into masks as politics as compared to common sense.

Dr fauchi, or Marjorie Taylor Green?( ms Jewish space lasers starting ca. Wildfires)

Gee, who to beleive..who indeed?

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