Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen announced that the state government would begin verifying vaccination status of its workers, including those who work for cabinet agencies. Employees not vaccinated are required to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week. Health & Human Services’ updated guidance encourages private sector businesses to, at a minimum, verify vaccination status for their workers, as well.
Health & Human Services reminds unvaccinated people that they need to continue to wear a mask in all indoor public settings, wait six feet apart in all public settings, and wash hands often. In addition, unvaccinated people should not gather with other unvaccinated people who do not live with them and should not travel.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued new mask guidance this week based on levels of transmission. Everyone in substantial or high transmission counties in North Carolina, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear a mask in public indoor settings. Data for July 4-17 indicates that Catawba, Alexander, Burke, and Caldwell counties are all classified as moderate. That data should be updated within the next two days. All K-12 schools should require universal masking, regardless of vaccination status.
To date, 57% of North Carolina’s adult population has been fully vaccinated.