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Local News Roundup: School Districts Buck CDC Mask Guidance; Charlotte Unveils Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Student in mask
Gaston County Schools
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It was only a few weeks ago that North Carolina's rate for positive COVID-19 tests was below 2%. But the spread of the delta variant sent the positivity rate above 10% this week — the first time since February it crossed that threshold.

Gov. Roy Cooper and others said the worsening metrics were the result of COVID-19 spreading among those who have not been vaccinated.

"This virus is now much more contagious and spreading fast, and it'll find you if you're unvaccinated," Cooper said Thursday.

Despite COVID-19's upward trajectory, Cooper said he would let the state's face mask mandate lapse Friday, and additional Charlotte-area school districts joined others in making face masks optional, bucking the latest CDC guidance.

A long-awaited draft of Charlotte's proposed nondiscrimination ordinance was released ahead of a City Council discussion and vote in August.

Join our roundtable of reporters for more on those and other stories from the week's news.

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Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call columnist and host of the Equal Time podcast (@mcurtisnc3)

Claire Donnelly, WFAE health care reporter (@donnellyclairee)

Hunter Saenz, WCNC local government reporter (@Hunt_Saenz)

Erik Spanberg, Charlotte Business Journal managing editor (@CBJspanberg)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.