NCDHHS Secretary is Concerned About People Not Wearing Masks

We officially entered Phase One of North Carolina's reopening plans on Friday, and it looks like we might be taking a few too many liberties already. Here's what the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services had to say (via CBS17)

by:Michael Hyland

Posted:May 11, 2020 / 05:27 PM EDT/Updated:May 11, 2020 / 05:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Following the first weekend that many stores reopened after the state’s stay-at-home order went effect, the head of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Monday she was concerned by how many people did not wear face coverings.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of NC DHHS, has encouraged people to wear a mask or another kind of cloth covering when they’re out in public places like stores to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Because this virus can spread when people have no symptoms, and that’s really challenging,” she said. “It’s possible for you to have COVID-19 and not know it. And, therefore you could spreading the virus to others.”

Gov. Roy Cooper loosened some of the restrictions of the state’s stay-at-home order Friday evening. At that point, state parks were able to reopen as could a variety of businesses as long as they operated at no more than 50 percent capacity and followed cleaning protocols.

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