NC’s top doctor: honor our country by wearing a mask

Sec. Mandy Cohen

As North Carolinians embark on the Independence Day weekend, the state’s Secretary of Health and Human Services in appealing to the public not to get lackadaisical in protecting themselves from the coronavirus.

“This July 4th, the best way we can honor our country is by honoring each other,” said Sec. Mandy Cohen.

“Wear a face covering to protect your loved ones and neighbors. Wear a face covering to reignite our economy. Wear a face covering so our children can get back to school where they grow, learn and thrive.”

Thursday brought another 1,629 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina with 912 people hospitalized.

Health officials expressed concern Thursday that summer travel might lead to more viral spread, as people gather with family and friends over the next few days.

Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said some might be tempted to throw caution to the wind this weekend, but that would be a mistake.

“We all need to remember if we don’t follow the three Ws, we run a great risk of more virus spread,” warned Sprayberry.

Heading into the long weekend Governor Roy Cooper vetoed a series of bills including legislation to reopen skating rinks, bowling alleys as well as gyms and indoor fitness centers.

“As we see in other states with surging COVID-19 case counts, state and local officials must be able to take swift action during this emergency to prevent a surge of patients from overwhelming hospitals and endangering the lives of North Carolinians,” Cooper said in explaining his veto of Senate Bill 599.

“At this critical time, opening bowling alleys, skating rinks, and other indoor entertainment facilities runs contrary to both the troubling trends regarding COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina as well as scientific and medical data, which establishes that COVID-19 is significantly more likely to be transmitted in these settings.”

For a second day in a row, the U.S. recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Record gasoline spill in Huntersville was Colonial Pipeline's 32nd accident in N.C. since 2000 [...]

Melanie Flowers had a lot to do this week, and a protest was yet another item on her list. The stude [...]

While former President Trump was ending his term by granting last-minute clemency to aides and those [...]

People on felony probation or parole can be prosecuted for voting illegally even if they don't [...]

The post The Para-LIE-mpain. appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

As schools begin spring semester classes, local leaders in North Carolina face the weighty decision [...]

There are a lot of reasons that all Americans – at least those willing to think and pay attention– s [...]

The post Franklin Graham on Republicans who would betray Trump with impeachment appeared first on NC [...]