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9/30/2021 Face coverings remain required indoors in North Wilkesboro

September 30, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[North Wilkesboro, NC, September 30, 2021] - Yesterday Mayor Robert Johnson signed an extension to his State of Emergency declaration requiring face coverings be worn inside establishments open to the public for another month. The text of the extension is below:

AMENDMENT TO STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION:
ORDER TO EXTEND INDOOR MASK MANDATE


WHEREAS, on September 1, 2021, I, Mayor Robert Johnson, in consultation with the North Wilkesboro Board of Commissioners, re-instituted a mask mandate in all indoor public settings through September 30th, 2021; and

WHEREAS, local daily case counts remain high while the local rate of fully vaccinated citizens remains below most other North Carolina communities; and

WHEREAS, wearing masks has shown to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED, that the current mask mandate be extended until October 31, 2021.

Adopted this the 29th day of September, 2021.


September 1,2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOWNS OF WILKESBORO AND NORTH WILKESBORO IMPLEMENT FACE COVERINGS REQUIREMENT

[Wilkesboro, NC, September 1, 2021] - Yesterday the mayors of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, with the support and endorsement of their elected boards, signed separate orders declaring States of Emergency in their respective towns. To take effect this afternoon at 5 p.m., the orders require face coverings be worn inside establishments open to the public. These actions were taken to help battle the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and mitigate the strain on community medical resources being caused by the virus. The order applies to both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals.

Chad Brown, president of Wilkes Medical Center, supports the towns’ decisions. “As the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increase locally, statewide and nationally we must take every possible measure to keep ourselves, our loved ones and the community safe.”

Despite improved transmission rates in the spring/early summer, Wilkes County is currently experiencing a frightening spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant. Of the 131 deaths in the county since the onset of the pandemic, 10 occurred in the last 11 days. On average, 1 in 5 tests are positive and only 35% of the county is fully vaccinated.

Due to high case numbers and the virus’s ability to spread from asymptomatic or even pre-symptomatic individuals, indoor public settings remain risky sites of substantial transmission for unmasked individuals. Recently, the Wilkes County Board of Education voted to require masks in schools for the next 30 days. The Wilkes County Board of Health passed a resolution on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 urging all residents and business to follow mitigation measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The Wilkes Health Department believes that the towns’ actions are a step to support the Wilkes community and help neighbors stay healthy and safe. Per CDC recommendation and robust evidence, face coverings, in conjunction with vaccination, must be used to halt transmission and help end the pandemic.

Under the order, establishments may refuse service to those who fail to wear a face covering (with certain exceptions such as children younger than two, restaurant dining, bona fide medical exemptions, etc.) and adopt additional protective provisions. Upon request, the municipal police forces will support businesses’ refusal right by removing noncompliant individuals in accordance with North Carolina state trespassing laws.

Brown, of Wilkes Medical Center, added that “properly wearing a mask indoors and practicing social distancing outdoors are key to helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On behalf of Wilkes Medical Center and our entire health system, we wholeheartedly support these important safety measures that can make a real difference in the fight against COVID-19.”

The full text of the orders can be read at the links below:

Town of Wilkesboro: www.wilkesboronc.org

Town of North Wilkesboro: https://north-wilkesboro.com/DocumentCenter/View/951/83121-State-of-Emergency-Declaration--Face-Coverings-Requirement

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