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​New Face Covering Health Rule Goes into Effect November 17, 2021


Mecklenburg County Commissioners have lowered the threshold for lifting the County's mask mandate.  

Instead of requiring the County's COVID-19 positivity rate to be below five percent for 30 straight days, the Board agreed that if the seven day positivity rate is below five percent for 7 consecutive days, then the mask health rule will automatically end. 

Public Health Director Gibbie Harris recommended the change as overall COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths in Mecklenburg County and statewide continue to fall. 

The Board enacted the current face covering health rule countywide on Aug. 31 as cases spiked. It requires that anyone inside a building or business wear a mask. 

The seven day positivity rate is calculated on a rolling basis and includes all PCR tests reported to NC DHHS via electronic laboratory reporting. Harris says using the seven day rate lowers the possibility that random spikes increase the overall positivity rate.  

The new face covering health rule can be found here and goes into effect on Nov. 17, 2021.