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Coronavirus Today – Sep. 15 – Political rallies, masks and respect; Tillis, Cunningham and vaccine; Get your flu shot

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North Carolina has seen its COVID-19 positivity rates go down in recent days. Is it a lasting trend, or will events such as political rallies and holidays bump cases back up? By Anne Blythe

Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, may not have said the president’s name out loud Tuesday when she put her hand on the microphone in front of her as she spoke into the camera.

Nonetheless, her message during a briefing with reporters was clear. President Donald Trump and other elected leaders who have recently held large rallies using a free speech exemption to skirt the spirit of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order requiring face masks and limiting crowd sizes could show North Carolinians more respect.

“I’m going to use this microphone right here to remind everyone to make sure to do the three Ws,” Cohen said when asked what measures the state can take to protect North Carolinians from virus spread at such rallies where the public health rules are so openly flaunted. “We’ve been talking about it a lot. We know what works. We know we want to protect each other.”

North Carolina, considered to be a political battleground […]

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