Mecklenburg County set to end COVID-19 state of emergency on August 15

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Mecklenburg County leaders have moved to end the COVID-19 state of emergency, though the county is still considered at high risk for spreading the virus.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have declined slightly in North Carolina over the past week. There is currently 61 countiesincluding Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union counties, all of which are considered high risk.

Related: Mecklenburg County Reaches Highest CDC COVID-19 Community Level

County of Mecklenburg declared a state of emergency in March 2020 and imposed restrictions and guidelines in Charlotte and other communities in the county.

The county’s state of emergency will end on August 15, the same day North Carolina’s state of emergency ends.

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington briefed county commissioners on Wednesday evening.

He said the county’s seven-day average of cases is around 353 per 100,000 people, which puts it in the high-risk category, while also noting that Mecklenburg County is again trending upwards. decrease.

More than 66% of these cases are due to the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, which is highly transmissible and, unlike previous variants, the rate of reinfection is higher and more frequent, meaning people get it again. the virus within 30 days of the first positive result. test.

As schools prepare to start at the end of the month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to update its COVID-19 guidelines for schools as soon as this week.

The CDC is set to relax quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated people exposed to the virus. Instead of staying home for five days, they can go out wearing a mask and test themselves at least five days after exposure.

Those with symptoms should continue to self-isolate.

The CDC also plans to reduce social distancing and regular testing in schools to six feet.

Authorities still encourage school-aged children to get the Covid-19 vaccinewhich is free and widely available from the health department, clinics and a pediatrician’s office.

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