Guilford County leaders consider new face mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 numbers; commissioners, mayors, hospital workers to meet Monday


GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Guilford County mayors and medical staff are set to meet this week to discuss a response to the increasing number of COVID cases in North Carolina, according to a Guilford County Board of Commissioners notice sent out by Chairman Skip Alston.

“We will discuss the current situation, hear from meeting participants about COVID-19 impacts to their operations and residents, and discuss additional COVID-19 mitigation measures to address the rapidly changing situation in our country,” Alston said in the notice.

Alston said that he is open to reinstating a county-wide mask mandate.

The meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Guilford County is experiencing a sharp increase in COVID cases.

Over the last month, the positivity rate of infections has more than tripled, and hospital admissions are increasing with 1,715 patients currently hospitalized.

During the meeting, Guilford County officials will discuss how North Carolinians are being affected by the rising case rate and what can be done to reduce the amount of hospitalizations.

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