Mecklenburg County’s percent-positive rate for COVID-19 falls below 5% – Community News

Mecklenburg County’s percent-positive rate for COVID-19 falls below 5%

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Mecklenburg County’s inner mask mandate could end soon.

The most recent update of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Mecklenburg County has a positive rate of 4.99 percent for COVID-19.

Last week, Mecklenburg County commissioners voted to change guidelines and lift the mask requirement if the county’s positivity rate falls below 5% for seven consecutive days. That new mandate takes effect on November 17th, meaning the seven-day period would then begin.

Related: Officials of Mecklenburg Co. vote to change guidelines for when the mask mandate can be lifted

Previous rules required the rate to be below 5% for 30 consecutive days before it could be lifted.

The province’s inner mask mandate is in effect since the end of august.

There are exceptions to the face-covering mandate. Face coverings should not be worn by someone who:

  • Is under 5 years old;
  • Must not wear a face covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, persons who have difficulty breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to apply or remove the face covering without assistance );
  • Is actively eating or drinking;
  • tries to communicate with someone who is hard of hearing in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
  • give a speech or performance before a broadcast, or in front of an audience, where they maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from the audience (the audience must still wear a face covering when indoors);
  • temporarily remove their face coverings at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;
  • Has found that their face covering obscures the view to operate equipment or a vehicle.

According to the most recent data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

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