COVID numbers up; county opposes mandates
Published 9:00 am Thursday, January 6, 2022
By Mike Barnhardt
Davie County is following the national trend of a rocketing increase in confirmed cases of Covid.
On Jan. 3, Davie Health and Human Services reported that 379 Davie residents had the virus; that number was 248 on Dec. 28.
The number of deaths of Davie residents diagnosed with Covid has risen to 106.
As students began school on Tuesday after the holiday break, masks are required. That requirement will be decided monthly by members of the county’s board of education.
Of the Jan. 3 numbers, 48 of the positive cases were among those age 65 and older, 82 among ages 50-64, 131 among ages 25-49, 58 among ages 18-24 and 60 for ages 17 and under.
And while the county’s Covid testing site on Dr. Slate Drive in front of EMS headquarters in Mocksville had been relatively quiet for months, cars have been lined onto Meroney Street for the last couple of weeks. That site is open daily on weekdays.
The health department offers vaccines and booster shots. Call the county’s Covid hotline at 336-753-6779 to set up an appointment or to learn more.
While Davie County Commissioners say it is the right of residents to get a vaccine or wear a mask, it is also their right to refuse either. Commissioners adopted a resolution to that effect last month.
The resolution, which Commissioner Mark Jones suggested be sent to all local, state and national representatives for Davie, includes, in part:
“There is no Constitutional authority in Article 1, Section 8 to restrict individual unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Davie County respects the God-given unalienable rights of its citizens to make their own choices concerning them and their children’s healthcare, bodies and well being.
“Every citizen who wants a COVID-19 vaccine or wants to wear a mask has the right to obtain or wear one, but the Davie County Board of Commissioners believe that it is an individual’s choice and that no COVID-19 vaccine or face covering should be mandated by state or federal law.”
It goes on to say that citizens shouldn’t be demanded to divulge personal medical information. It also says the county does not have the resources to enforce state and federal vaccine or mask mandates “that violates our Constitutional freedom.”
“The Board of County Commissioners of Davie County go on record to oppose a vaccination as a condition of employment for county employees and citizens … and declares that it has no intention of using limited county resources to enforce any vaccine or mask mandate, and would encourage all elected officials in North Carolina to refuse to require or enforce the same.”