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Governor Cooper Signs 7 Bills But Vetoes Charter School Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 August 2021 09:57
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:


House Bill 78: Various Education Changes

House Bill 461: State Auditor Clarifying Amendments
House Bill 273: Modify Builders Inventory Tax Exclusion
Senate Bill 299: NCDOI NAIC Accreditation.-AB
House Bill 84: Sex Offender Premises Restrictions
House Bill 481: Firearm Disposal/UNC Campus Police
House Bill 366: Regulatory Reform Act of 2021


Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 729: Charter School Omnibus. Governor Cooper made the following statement on HB 729:

"The State Board of Education is constitutionally and statutorily charged with administering children’s education in state public schools, including charter schools. It is critical that the Board have both of their appointments to the Charter School Advisory Board to carry out its constitutional duties."
State Offers $5,000 Reward In Greensboro Murder PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 July 2021 11:13
State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Tre'vis Rashad Hawkins, age 22. 
On Sunday, May 12, 2019, Greensboro Police officers responded to a call located at 816 S. Elm Street, The Mill Club, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon arrival at the scene, officers found Tre'vis Rashad Hawkins suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Hawkins died from his injuries.
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Greensboro Police Department at 336-373-2022, Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 336-373-1000 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.  
Governor Cooper Recommends K-8 Students Wear Masks In Classroom PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 July 2021 10:52
Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. shared updated public health guidance for K-12 schools to follow in the upcoming school year.
“The most important work our state will do next month is getting all our school children back into the classrooms safely for in-person learning,” said Governor Cooper. “That’s the best way for them to learn, and we want their school days to be as close to normal as possible, especially after a year of disruption.”
The updated StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit is aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics guidance, which urges that everything possible be done to keep students in schools and emphasizes continued masking. The Toolkit says schools with students in kindergarten through eighth grade should require all children and staff to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Schools with students in 9th through 12th grades should ensure that anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated, including students, wear a mask indoors.
This guidance is effective July 30th and local school leaders are responsible for requiring and implementing protocols in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit in consultation with their local health departments.
The Toolkit also updates additional measures for schools related to quarantining after COVID exposure, physical distancing, testing, transportation, cleaning and other considerations.  
State health officials continue to urge unvaccinated people to follow CDC and NCDHHS guidance and wear a mask indoors. When Executive Order 220 expires at the end of July, North Carolina businesses and other entities where masks are required will make their own decisions about requiring masks, with strong guidance provided by NCDHHS. Everyone, regardless of vaccine status, should still wear a mask in certain places such as public transportation and healthcare facilities.
“Get vaccinated right now if you haven’t.  We are seeing the impact of the very contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 and it’s hitting those who are unvaccinated hard,” said Secretary Cohen. “Schools need to use the additional safety protocols outlined in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit to continue to protect students and staff as we enter the new school year.”  
To date, North Carolina has administered more than 9.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 56 percent of the adult population fully vaccinated. 60 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, including 86 percent of people 65 and over. 
Learn more about the state’s vaccine distribution at (English) or (Spanish). Details on the Your Shot at $1 Million Summer Cash Drawing can be found at Use NCDHHS’ online tool Find a Vaccine Location to find a nearby vaccine site. Call the state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 888-675-4567.
DHHS Secretary Applauds Healthcare Association’s Support For COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements For Healthcare Employees PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 July 2021 16:52
The North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) announced its position approved by the association’s board of trustees supporting COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers. NCHA also announced several of its member health systems intend to be first in the state to require COVID-19 vaccination for their employees, including Atrium Health, Cone Health, Duke University Health System, Novant Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and the following UNC Health hospitals – UNC Medical Center, UNC Rex, UNC Johnston, UNC Chatham, UNC Rockingham and UNC Southeastern.
In response, Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shared the following statement:
"I am so grateful to our hospitals and health systems who have been tremendous partners as we’ve worked together to respond to the pandemic. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our healthcare workforce who have selflessly given so much of themselves to protect and care for us and put us on a path to recovery. Thank you to the North Carolina Healthcare Association, and the health systems that are leading the way requiring vaccination for employees, for taking action to protect the health care workforce, their patients, our communities and the state. Vaccinations are our way out of the pandemic. Don’t wait to vaccinate." 
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