Grand Forks mask mandate rescinded

The Grand Forks mask mandate has been rescinded. This decision comes from 14 days of low COVID-19 numbers across the state.
Declining COVID-19 numbers in the Grand Forks area could lead to the mask mandate ending today....
Declining COVID-19 numbers in the Grand Forks area could lead to the mask mandate ending today. Today marks 14 days of very low numbers.(KVLY)
Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 4:25 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 8, 2021 at 12:48 PM CST
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The mask mandate for Grand Forks County was rescinded on Monday, March 8.

Altru Health System’s Family Medicine Doctor Dr. Joel Walz says that the COVID-19 numbers have declined “very nicely” over the last 14 days. Dr. Walz uses the Grand Forks COVID-19 Data Dashboard for references.

“I am extremely pleased with the trajectory our community is on.  The continued success of our distribution of COVID-19 vaccine and the low virus prevalence in our community led to this data driven decision,” said Dr. Walz.  “Lifting the mask mandate removes the enforcement mechanism, but in no way diminishes the usefulness of masking as an additional tool to mitigate COVID-19.”

The rescinding order comes as the positivity rate and active cases in Grand Forks County have improved dramatically.  Over 75% of the County’s 65+ population have received COVID-19 vaccinations.  The risk level of the Grand Forks County Health Officer’s Dashboard has also maintained 14-days in the green “low” risk category.

“It is important to respect the right of businesses to set their own masking policies moving forward,” Mayor Bochenski Emphasized.  “I am grateful for reaching another milestone as we progress forward optimistically.”

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says with the Cass County moving to vaccinate patients in Phase 1C, the mask mandate for Fargo could expire on March 22nd.

A West Fargo representative says the discussion about their Mask Strategy will be brought up on their March 15th city commission meeting.

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