NC shifts to the ‘individual responsibility’ phase of COVID-19 response
NC shifts to the ‘individual responsibility’ phase of COVID-19 response

NC shifts to the ‘individual responsibility’ phase of COVID-19 response

RALEIGH, NC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday that North Carolina is entering the next phase of its COVID-19 response with an emphasis on “individual responsibility” as cases fall.

“In the last two years, we have written a history of adversity and resilience, challenges and victories, setbacks and successes,” the governor said. “We are entering the next phase of individual responsibility, preparedness and prosperity. It is time to set a new course. The virus will still be with us but will not disturb us.”

State health leaders said they will shift the focus of their pandemic response to four principles: strengthening individuals, maintaining the capacity of the health system, working with local partners, and prioritizing justice.

Governor Cooper praised the efforts North Carolina made throughout the pandemic.

“We made the right choice. We got our children back to school. We kept our finances going. We saved lives. Now we turn the page on the pandemic knowing that we now have the tools for people and companies to make the right thing. choices for themselves, ”he said.

Health leaders stressed the importance of being prepared for future increases.

NCDHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley said the state will also shift away from certain measured COVID-19 measurements, listing seven methods that will be the main focus.

  • Wastewater monitoring
  • COVID-like disease
  • Hospital admissions
  • Case Trends
  • Booster prices
  • Occurrence of variance
  • CDC action at Community level

Kinsley said the North Carolina coronavirus dashboard will eventually move to weekly updates with the above seven measurements as cases fall.

“Today we can look ahead with the belief that the worst is behind us. Looking ahead, it is important to take stock of how far we have come, ”said Governor Cooper.

Last week, 70 Republican lawmakers signed a letter urging Governor Cooper to end the COVID state of emergency, which was introduced on March 10, 2020.

Cooper said part of the order helps ensure there are enough people to distribute COVID vaccines.

The state of emergency also allows the state to request federal assistance and access state emergency and disaster relief resources.

Even as the number of cases around the world declines, WHO researchers are tracking one hybrid variant of COVID-19 has been christened “deltacron”.

Researchers said they believe the variant combines genes from both delta and omicron.

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