RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper announced a new executive order at a July 29 press conference that directs state government cabinet agencies to verify whether their employees are vaccinated. 

Cooper also “strongly urges” other state government agencies and private businesses to do the same and press workers to get vaccinated or mask up. Cooper also said that everyone, including those who are vaccinated in a county with high rates of virus spread — which is 80 percent of North Carolina counties — is encouraged to wear a mask in public indoor settings.

The governor said that the hope is this order encourages more people to get vaccinated and that any type of consequence would be worked out with human resource offices in cabinet agencies in the

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