Cumberland County well being and faculty officers mentioned the top of the pandemic Friday morning throughout a web-based video sequence.
The metrics usually are not fairly the place they have to be to ensure that the World Well being Group to declare the pandemic over, Cumberland County Well being Division Director Dr. Jennifer Inexperienced stated throughout Espresso Conversations.
Espresso Conversations is an informational month-to-month video sequence hosted on-line by Cumberland County Faculties.
Through the episode, Affiliate Superintendent Dr. Lindsay Whitley sat down with Well being Providers Director Shirley Bolden and Inexperienced to debate COVID-19 faculty district security protocols and group security protocols.
“I don’t suppose the pandemic is over but,” Inexperienced stated. “I believe we’re turning a nook into a brand new section of this pandemic, one that may convey us again to some degree of normalcy.”
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She stated though COVID-19 metrics are bettering, the Well being Division nonetheless needs the numbers to be decrease.
There have been 505 COVID-19 circumstances in Cumberland County per 100,000 residents within the final 14 days, in keeping with the North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Providers.
The general public well being masks abatement order for Cumberland County expired Feb. 20.
“Simply give us any updates on present COVID-19 steering,” Whitley stated to Inexperienced.
“We do have a brand new variant, it’s actually what we name a ‘subvariant’ of our omicron variant, and so what we learn about it … is that this new subvariant, which we name BA.2 or the ‘stealth variant” appears to be extra contagious than the omicron variant,” Inexperienced stated. “It’s circulating at low ranges proper now throughout america … together with North Carolina.”
“What are the sure protocols that I needs to be taking?” Whitley requested Inexperienced.
Everybody age 5 and older needs to be vaccinated, she stated.
“It’s not too late to get vaccinated,” Inexperienced stated.
The Cumberland County Board of Training not too long ago voted on Feb. 8 to raise the masks mandate and make masks optionally available for college kids and workers.
Masks mandate lifted: Masks shall be optionally available in Cumberland County Faculties beginning Feb. 16
Bolden stated the varsity district nonetheless encourages youngsters and workers who’re ailing to put on a masks for a brief interval.
“We do encourage everybody who’s examined optimistic or symptomatic to put on a masks for 10 days,” Bolden stated.
Inexperienced added that anybody who’s uncovered to COVID-19 ought to put on a masks for 10 days.
“We nonetheless need our college students and our academics and our workers to be protected,” Inexperienced stated. “When you take a look at optimistic for COVID, you’ll do your 5 days of isolation or in the event you’re symptomatic, then whenever you come again on days six by way of 10, masks are nonetheless required, and that’s so as to add that additional safety.”
Federal necessities mandate that college students and workers put on masks whereas using on faculty buses or faculty transportation autos, Bolden stated.
Bolden stated though COVID-19 faculty district numbers are lowering, numbers are nonetheless excessive.
There have been 523 COVID-19 circumstances within the faculty district between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3; 321 COVID-19 circumstances between Feb.4 and Feb. 10; and 91 COVID-19 circumstances between Feb, 11 and Feb. 17, she stated.
“We now have to, once more, adhere to all of our mitigation methods to make sure that we’re staying secure and that we’re defending our different fellow group members,” she stated.
The month-to-month video sequence is on the market on the varsity district’s Fb web page and YouTube channel.
Well being and training author Ariana-Jasmine Castrellon could be reached at [email protected] or 910-486-3561.
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