It’s Friday! Enjoy your Morning Rounds

February 18, 2022
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
—Maya Angelou

In the News


1. Your Opinion Matters: Please Take The NCMS Survey 

The North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) primary focus is on the experience, interests, and needs of NC physicians and PAs. The feedback we receive from members and prospective members is vital in helping us plan and evaluate the services and programs we offer. Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey open to both NCMS members and non-members and share your thoughts with us.

Take the survey here.

For your convenience, you can also scan the QR Code below to take the survey on your mobile device. Thank you for your participation!

2. Governor Cooper and State Health Officials Update Mask Recommendations

On Thursday, February 17, Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Kody H. Kinsley provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 trends. As North Carolina’s COVID-19 metrics continue to move in the right direction and with vaccines widely available, Governor Cooper encouraged schools and local governments to end their mask mandates. Sec. Kinsley shared that an update on mask guidance will come March 7th. To prepare for these changes, a list of these guidance updates can be found here.

Review the Governor’s press release here or read this article for a summary of yesterday’s press briefing and legislative developments on this issue.


3. North Carolina Medical Society Supports Governor’s Decision and Offers Recommendations on Transitioning to COVID Endemic

Yesterday, NCMS CEO/EVP Chip Baggett issued a press release in response to Governor Cooper’s update on mask recommendations, supporting the Governor’s stance based on current trends in COVID-19 metrics and focusing on what the next steps should be in dealing with the virus going forward. Read the full press release here.



COVID-19 Updates


1.    Cooper calls for NC schools, cities to lift mask mandates. Legislators pass mask bill.

2.    Estimated 73% of US now immune to omicron: Is that enough?

3.    Mental-Health Scars Stay With Survivors Long After Covid Battle

4.    NC DHHS COVID-19 Dashboard


Learning Opportunities


2022 AMPAC Candidate Workshop

March 12-13 and 19-20, 2022

At the Candidate Workshop, political veterans from both sides of the aisle will give you expert advice about politics and the sacrifices needed to mount a competitive campaign. You will learn: how and when to make the decision to run; the importance of a disciplined campaign plan and message; the secrets of effective fundraising; what kinds of media advertising are right for your campaign; how to handle the inevitable crises that emerge for every campaign; and the role your spouse and your family will play.



Upcoming Events


·       2022 NC Neurological Society Hybrid Annual Meeting (Feb. 25-27, 2022)

·       2022 NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Annual Meeting (April 8-10, 2022)