County Manager Amy Cannon announced today that people will be required to wear face masks in County buildings starting Thursday, July 29, regardless of vaccination status.
Cumberland County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.7%, which reflects the average percent positive over the last two weeks. This rate has increased significantly in the last two weeks. Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Cumberland County has moved back into the Orange Tier in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 County Alert System, which means substantial community spread.
On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control issued new mask guidance. In areas with substantial and high transmission, like Cumberland County, the CDC recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta variant and protect others.
“We are taking this step to try to protect our employees and our citizens from the Delta variant. We are monitoring our county metrics and the recommendations from the CDC, State health officials and our Public Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green regarding any further protective measures. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. It is the best protection against the Delta variant,” Cannon said.
Visit the County’s website at cumberlandcountync.gov for departmental contact information. Staff can assist citizens by phone, email or other virtual options.