Gov. Roy Cooper (D-NC) Issues Order Relaxing COVID-19 Restrictions for North Carolinians

28 April 2021

In a news conference today with NC DHHS Secretary, Dr. Mandy Cohen, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his newly signed Executive Order which will take effect on 30-April, lifting some restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina leads the nation in equitable distribution of the vaccine, with over 7 million doses administered. Additionally, Dr. Cohen mentioned improving surveillance numbers concerning new infections and hospitalizations.

However, both the Governor and Secretary noted the need for increased vigilance. Specifically, the State is continuing to monitor more contagious variants, and encouraging citizens to continue to practice safety precautions, including the Three Ws--"wear a mask, wait 6 feet a part, and wash hands often."

Gov. Cooper said, "While our numbers are mostly stable, we have more work to do to beat back this pandemic. Let's work hard in May and get as many people vaccinated as we can before summer gets here."

Dr. Cohen also emphasized that anyone who has not received the vaccine should visit "to learn about the benefits of vaccines, potential temporary reactions, and [get] answers to common questions."

Community leaders, public health leaders, and care providers are encouraged to view the slides from today's press conference, available online.

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