ND House approves bill prohibiting mandatory mask use
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s House has endorsed a measure that would prohibit state or local governments from mandating face coverings. Representatives approved the measure 50-44 on Monday.
The bill also bars making a mask mandatory as a condition for entry for “education, employment, or services.” The bill now goes to the Senate.
Bill sponsor GOP Rep. Jeff Hoverson and others argued there was no proof that masks work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and they questioned the government’s role in mandating them.
The North Dakota Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 and a daily positivity rate of about 2.09%. Active cases fell by 15 to 710.
47 additional people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 97,164.
38 people are currently hospitalized, down two from Sunday. Seven of those patients are currently in intensive care.
The following counties have recorded new positive cases:
- Williams County (Williston) – six cases
- Burleigh County (Bismarck) – five cases
- Cass County (Fargo) – five cases
- Ward County (Minot) – four cases
- Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – three cases
Three deaths were added since Friday, Feb. 19. The states death toll now stands at 1,438.