Swift said he remains uncomfortable ending mask mandates right now amid calls to ease or lift indoor restrictions from anti-mask advocates.
Swift said Forsyth needs to “see more stable decline in cases for a few more weeks, get through the rest of the winter to see if we can get back to the 5% positive test rate.”
“There is a real possibility of being in a much better place in early March, but that obviously cannot be guaranteed.”
Update across the country
DHHS reported that there were 3,383 new cases nationwide for Sunday, along with 4,810 reported for Saturday and 6,445 for Friday.
Monday’s total is the lowest daily number since the start of the omicron rise, as well as the lowest daily number in general since 2,894 on December 21st.
In comparison, the record daily case figure is 35,759, reported on 14 January.
North Carolina has, according to DHHS, recorded 2.54 million cases of the pandemic.
Both Swift and Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease expert at Novant Health Inc., has said that the number of COVID-19 cases is likely to be underreported due to the increasing use of home test kits and people who quarantine when they receive a positive result.