North Carolina Governor Calls For Civility As School Boards Continue To Pull COVID Precautions
Gov. Roy Cooper said he was troubled by the feverish tone many school board meetings have reached in recent weeks with parents and politicians battling mask warrants and COVID precautions.
“Threats, bullying, intimidation. None of this belongs to our public schools, especially adults, ”Cooper said at a press conference Wednesday.
The governor said it was a small but noisy minority of adults showing up to fight mask requirements, and his administration continues to encourage all districts to maintain mask requirements while the spread of the coronavirus remains high.
“Being courteous and respectful of others is more important than ever. Let’s behave the way we want our children to act.
COVID-19 cases in North Carolina have been relatively stable over the past few days. But the state is averaging 6,000 new cases a day, with about 900 North Carolina residents requiring intensive care unit beds for more than a month now.
One-third of all COVID hospital admissions in the past week were in North Carolina people under the age of 49.
“Our hospitals are under stress. And in other states, we have seen that care is not readily available for people facing health crises unrelated to COVID, ”the Health and Human Services Sec warned. Mandy Cohen.
“We don’t want it to be the experience here.”
Secretary Cohen said vaccination remains the best tool for protection against the highly transmissible virus.
While 86% of North Carolinians aged 75 and over have now been vaccinated, that number drops to 38% for the 12 to 17 age group.
“Those of us who interact with schools should get vaccinated if you are eligible and should wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus. Because the more viruses circulating, the more it will end up in our schools, ”warned Dr. Cohen.
While the focus remains on keeping students in class for in-person learning during the pandemic, the governor said local districts can present a virtual option to the state’s school board before Oct. 1 for review.
Gov. Cooper also released an open letter to the state’s religious community on Wednesday, asking for their help in getting more people to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against COVID.
The letter encourages the faith community to sponsor events in their places of worship and to become “vaccine ambassadors”.
The letter reads in part:
Direct your congregation and faith community to trusted sources on COVID-19 vaccines, such as doctors, other healthcare providers, and the NCDHHS website YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov. Good people are misinformed. As a trusted spiritual leader, you can help those who have questions get specific information. Help your community understand why and how to get vaccinated by:
• Post and share information about vaccines in common and highly visible areas in your home.
• Sending a letter or email to your followers sharing resources that provide accurate information
vaccine information and encourage people to avoid sharing false information on social media
• Talk to your congregation about why our faith calls us to protect our health and the health of those
around us get vaccinated.
• Added a message encouraging people to get the vaccine to your organization’s voicemail.
The call to churches comes as the CDC’s latest map still shows all of North Carolina’s counties in the red zone with the highly transmissible Delta variant.