There isn’t any masks mandate in Greensboro. However that may change on Thursday. | Native information

And not everyone shares Alston’s concern that masks are necessary – including the public.

However, Alston believes the medical community argued for him. On Monday, the CEOs of Cone Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Novant Health held a rare joint press conference urging the public to follow vaccination and testing recommendations.

Dr. Mary Jo Cagle, CEO of Cone Health, told news outlets, “We see our health systems are threatened … our ability to care for our communities is threatened.”

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During his tenure as chairman, Alston has been a strong advocate of urging restrictions if necessary to curb COVID-19’s ability to infect the community.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Guilford, like the rest of the country, has been going through the ups and downs of highly contagious respiratory disease, which required restrictions at times but not others.

Now with the introduction of the new variant of Omicron, it is a reminder of the earliest days of the pandemic when health officials and elected leaders scrambled to take steps to protect the public.

“They are all asking us to do something,” said Alston. “And I think it is our responsibility as elected officials to look after the well-being of our citizens. That is what we want to do.”

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