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Atrium Health techs prepare the COVID-19 vaccine for use with patients. Dan Fogleman/Atrium Health

CHARLOTTE – Mecklenburg County Public Health is making several recommendations specific to COVID-19 safety in the community after Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order lifting restrictions.

Based on Mecklenburg County's fully vaccinated rate of 36%, continuing levels of virus in the community and consistency with CDC guidance, the health department recommends the following:

• Everyone 12 years and older should get vaccinated.

• Unvaccinated individuals should remain masked in public, especially when indoors, continue to social distance and avoid large crowds.

• Everyone needs to mask in high-risk situations, like crowded spaces, childcare and schools, camps, long-term care facilities, health care settings, detention facilities and shelters.

“All guidance from state and federal governments have recognized that there are differences in jurisdictions based on the amount of virus circulating in the community as well as the percentage of the population fully vaccinated,” said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County public health director. “There are also some individuals in our community who are not eligible for vaccination or who are more at-risk of infection that need to be protected.”

As the executive order states, every entity in the county will make its own determination on restrictions, including county, city and town facilities, restaurants and businesses.

Visit www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or call the public health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400. for details.

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