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9/15/2021 6:54:00 PM
Fourth Wave Continues
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LCS Board Meeting Sept. 14, 2021

(Photos Courtesy Kirk Herbertson)

  • Five people spoke at the School Board meeting.  Kevin Sanders said the masks "are not for health, but for control." He urged repeal of the mask mandate.  Dr. Inga Kish, chief medical officer of Atrium Health-Lincoln and Dr. Elisabeth Stoffel of Atrium Health-Denver had signed up to speak and their names appeared on the list of people who would on the agenda sent out last Thursday, but they were not allowed to speak.  When board memger Myra Heavner asked about it, she was told by chair Mark Mullen, "we voted."  Since Heavner wasn't aware, one might wonder "who voted?" .  Four other people spoke--all in favor of continuing the mask mandate.  Then Davin Madden and Dr. Elizabeth Tillson made their presentations.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The weekly report from the Lincoln County Health Dept. is not good. Two more deaths have brought the total number of Lincoln County deaths since the pandemic began to 96. The death of a teacher at Battleground School isn't included in that number. Cruceta Jeffeirs taught in Lincoln County, but she lived in Shelby.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County increased to 523--up from 456 a week ago. The 14-day average of new cases reported daily also increased--from 57.6 last week to 59.8 this week. 36% of those new cases were in the 0-17 age bracket, 10% were 18-24, and 72% of all new cases were under age 50.

CLICK HERE to see COVID SNAPSHOT #33 on the Lincoln County Health Dept. Facebook page.

In its weekly report, Catawba County Public Health reported 566 new cases since last Wednesday. 13 more Catawba County residents have died, bringing the county's COVID death toll to 364.

By a 4-3 vote, the Lincoln County Board of Education decided Tuesday night (Sept. 14th) to make masks optional effective Sept. 29th, joining fur other North Carolina school districts in which masks are not required. The Lincoln Charter School Board voted Monday (Sept. 13th) to continue its mask mandate at least until the next board meeting on Sept. 27th.

The Cleveland County School Board met Monday (Sept. 13th) and voted to continue its mask mandate.  Gaston County's Board of Education will meet Monday Sept. 20th and in accordance with a new state law will discuss the mask requirement there.  

Five Iredell-Statesville schools returned to in-person learning this week after going to all-virtual for two weeks due to COVID outbreaks.

Gaston County's Board of Education will meet next Monday evening and will discuss whether or not to change to 'masks optional.' The Gaston County School Board had decided not to require masks, but a big surge in new cases prompted the County Health Dept. to ask them to change to masks required and they did before classes began on Aug. 23rd.

Gaston County reported 149 new COVID cases Tuesday (Sept. 14th) and a seven day average of 184 new cases daily.

The NC Dept. of Health & Human Services reported 7,277 new cases Wednesday (Sept. 15th). 15,405 North Carolinians have now died from COVID.

If you are going to any public gathering, wearing an N95 or KN95 mask will give you at least some more protection. Remember that anyone--including those who have been fully vaccinated--can get infected. If you go to an event in Lincoln County, 58% of those attending will likely not have been fully vaccinated and 54% won't have had any vaccination.

Add to the list of events that have been canceled: the Hickory Choral Society Fall Concert originally scheduled for Sunday, September 26th has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders of the 100-member volunteer chorus expressed concern for performer and audience safety, citing the current surge in positive cases and high hospitalization rates in our region. The concert will be rescheduled when conditions improve. 

Already canceled were Salisbury's Cheerwine Fest, the Cleveland County Fair, Shelby's Livermush Festival, Hickory's Oktoberfest, and the WNC Bigfoot Festival in Marion.

The Lincoln County Apple Festival is also still a go--and will be unless a state edict says otherwise.  It's scheduled for Saturday October 16th. 

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