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Mecklenburg county mask mandate to stay put

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — That’s not what some in Mecklenburg County wanted to hear. Residents are asking county commissioners for one thing, remove the mask mandate and move to more targeted masking regulations.

“High-quality one-way masking is more effective in protecting vulnerable people than universal use of low-quality masks,” one commenter said.

Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington had some good news: “I’m pretty confident that we’ve reached our peak of infection from the Omicron surge here in Mecklenburg County. I think it happened around January 15th.

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Washington also gave leaders bad news. He says the virus is still in the county. He also says some counties around Mecklenburg County had lower positivity percentages, but he says Omicron’s push started in Mecklenburg County before others.

Washington also notes that more than 600 people are hospitalized, which is straining healthcare workers.

“Whether or not they are there to be treated for Covid or not, they need additional resources,” he added.

Even with the numbers dropping sharply, there’s one thing Dr. Washington says he can’t do right now: “I don’t feel comfortable and can’t recommend that we make any changes. to the mandate of the mask. But I’m comfortable saying that I believe in the next few weeks we’ll be in a better place.

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“We’ve been at it for two years and none of these mitigation strategies have stopped COVID and so the goal posts are constantly moving, let’s wait another two weeks, let’s see what happens next,” said member Lisa O’Bryan. of a group opposed to the decision.

Parents say they watch their children suffer as they follow rules that many people break, and the mask must be removed.

“I’ve actually had people tell me not to wear it and I said yes it’s an option if you’re an adult in the community our kids don’t have the same freedom,” O added. ‘Brian.