Gov. Roy Cooper at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Gov. Roy Cooper at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. 

Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday urged businesses and municipal governments across North Carolina to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

During a news conference, Cooper announced an executive order requiring vaccinations for all workers at agencies that are part of his office. The order, which takes effect Friday, requires unvaccinated employees of the Governor’s Cabinet to undergo weekly coronavirus testing.

Cooper, who noted that the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 has fueled a statewide spike in infections, said the action was “aimed at slowing the spread among the unvaccinated and encouraging more people to get their shots.”

“Unvaccinated people are driving this resurgence and getting themselves and other people sick,” he said. “People who are unvaccinated make up most all of our cases where people are getting sick and hospitalized.”

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said over 3,200 new infections were reported across the state on Thursday, the most recorded over a 24-hour period since February. Still, only 47 percent of North Carolinians — and about 46 percent of Moore County residents — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We’re hearing from doctors about people in the ICU begging for the vaccine right before they’re put on a ventilator, and by then it’s too late,” Cooper said. “So here is my message for anyone who has yet to get a shot: get a vaccine today. Don’t wait until you or a family member is sick and going on a ventilator. Don’t wait until we run out of hospital beds. Don’t wait until skyrocketing numbers threaten to shut business (down) or cancel sports. Don’t wait until you infect somebody you love.”

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Kent Misegades

The Federalist: “Nearly 90 Percent Of Illegal Immigrants Let In By Biden Have Refused To Report To ICE As Required”. And none wear masks nor get vaccinated. The government puts them in buses and send them to North Carolina - we see the old Greyhound buses full of them often on US 211 heading to Pinehurst.

Fortunately, our Health Department is offering vaccinations to migrants entering through Vass. Most are taking them- per Health Department. Wouldn't it be great if most of our residents - KENT. We're safer around them than we are YOU.

John Misiaszek

Kent Misegades

Shutdown Cooper’s really laughable idea of a lottery to convince healthy people to get the flu shot was a huge belly flop, so now he resorts once again to fear-mongering. Just like the movie Ground Hog Day. Same old, same old.

Kent Misegades

Employers are urging Cooper to take his junk science elsewhere. They have enough problem already finding and keeping employees thanks to government paying people not to work. If you work for a woke company that requires a flu shot, look for a better employer who values liberty. I just heard of a restaurant in New York that plans to only admit customers who have not had the shot, as a sign of opposition to their tyrannical Governor Cuomo.

Our County Commissioners should mandate all County employees,including, perhaps especially, our first responders, should be vaccinated.

John Misiaszek

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