It’s been nearly two months since the mask mandate was re-established in Mecklenburg County, requiring masks in all indoor spaces.County leaders pushed for the mandate when the Delta variant was surging but now that the case numbers are starting to drop, when will county leaders adjust the mask mandate?Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris says the percent positivity rate needs to be 5% or lower for 30 days straight for the mask mandate to end. As of October 6th, which is the latest public data for the county, the percent positivity is at 8.9%.
Some city leadership is concerned because of low vaccination rates in certain City of Charlotte departments, specifically first responders. City of Charlotte employees are not required to get the vaccine but if they don’t show proof of vaccination, they have to submit weekly COVID-19 tests.
Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday it has submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support use of a booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 18 years of age and older.
Dr. Fauci said it’s “just too soon to tell” whether holiday gatherings should be limited for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, but said Americans need to focus on lowering the number of new infections and hospitalizations.