Pender County establishes face-covering requirements in county buildings

BURGAW- All unvaccinated Pender County government employees and all unvaccinated public entering county buildings will be required to wear face coverings.

“Because COVID continues to spread, the Pender County Board of County Commissioners approved a recommendation to establish a mask or face covering requirement. We are taking this cautionary measure for the safety of our employees and citizens,” said Chad McEwen, Pender County Manager.

All unvaccinated members of the public entering county buildings must wear a properly worn face covering or mask or have verification confirming their vaccination status.

This goes into effect on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m.

“We ask that all public and county employees observe appropriate social distancing of 6-feet,” said McEwen.

Please be advised that the mask requirement applies to all employees or members of the public who aren’t fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer shot or two weeks since receiving the Johnson and Johnson shot.

Virtual meetings for county employees are strongly encouraged until the COVID virus is contained.

Pender County Health Department continues to provide COVID vaccinations to all residents ages 12 and older free of charge. No appointments are necessary. Vaccinations are available daily, 8-5 p.m. at the health department, 803 S. Walker St., in Burgaw, or at the Hampstead County Annex, 15060 US Hwy. 17.

Pender County seeks equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Pender County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Brown issued a letter today to Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore, the state pharmacist, to request an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

Brown cites that Pender County ranks 98 out of 100 counties in terms of the total number of vaccinations per capita received since mid-December. He also noted that Pender County ranks 46 in the cumulative population and 65th in population of citizens 65 years and older.

He based the findings on the state’s own data released late last week.

Letter to Dr. Fuller Moore
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