North Carolina continues to make progress in its fight against the coronavirus.
Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday said, despite a slight increase recently, the state’s COVID-19 trends remain stable.
Cooper also says North Carolina in among the states with the fewest deaths and job losses per capita due to the pandemic.
Gov. Cooper says he is looking ahead to the summertime and he hopes to have loosened restrictions by June 1st.
That would include lifting mandates regarding social distancing and gathering limits.
However, Cooper says at least 2/3 of adult North Carolinians need to have received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine so restrictions can be eased.
Gov. Cooper is planning to release new guidelines, including new mask requirements, next week.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen says the state will unveil a Get Out the Vaccine effort partnering with community organizations that will take place over two weeks in May and two weeks in June.
While the state is making progress, Gov. Cooper reminds everyone to continue wearing masks in public, register to receive their vaccine, and following crowd limits in businesses and elsewhere.