The decision comes after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines Friday, February 25 to remove the requirement to wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems and in early childhood education programs.
New Hanover County’s Pandemic Operations Manager Jon Campbell hopes that, despite declining positivity rates, everyone continues to play their part in wearing masks, educating themselves, and getting vaccinated or boosted.
Brunswick County Heath Services is offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week (Jan. 31-Feb. 5) for anyone ages 12 and older.Health Services also will offer two special clinics Saturday, Feb. 5, for both regular and pediatric (ages 5-11) vaccinations.
“You know none of us asked to be in this situation. There was never a textbook that taught us how to deal with the situation, I never had an education course, teachers and administrators never had courses that taught you how to deal with a pandemic,” Dr. Atkinson said.
“There are teachers and staff here who are immunocompromised, they could have health issues, and even if they had their vaccine they could still get really, really sick, and the fact is masks help protect. It’s a layer of protection and why anybody doesn’t want to keep their children and their children’s teachers and the people who run their school safe, it’s just beyond me, it really is,” Worrell said.