Friday, June 14, 2024

Covid-19 state of emergency lifted per governor decision

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Gov. Roy Cooper lifted the state’s Covid-19 state of emergency on Monday.

“The pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to our state and people now have the knowledge and the tools like vaccines, boosters and therapeutic treatments to keep them safe,” Cooper said in the press release. 

While many of the state’s pandemic public health measures, like mask-mandates, have been lifted, the state of emergency was kept in place to allow distribution of tests and vaccines, along with flexible regulations to ensure staff capacity across North Carolina’s health care system. 

According to the governor’s office, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services can continue to respond to the pandemic without the state of emergency because of legislative changes in the budget, signed by Cooper in July. 

“Covid-19 is still with us, and North Carolinians now have multiple ways to manage the virus, so it doesn’t manage us,” NCDHHS Kody Kinsley said in the release. “NCDHHS will remain focused on Covid-19 trends and data and ensuring we stay prepared.”

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