ND Legislature drops mask mandate as state gets its fourth health officer since pandemic began
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Legislature has reached the two-thirds majority vote needed to relax a requirement for lawmakers to wear masks in House and Senate chambers, effective March 15 when the Legislature returns from a weekend break.
Gov. Doug Burgum has also appointed his fourth state health officer since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Nizar Wehbi, the deputy director of the Center for Health Policy and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is scheduled to take over leadership at the Department of Health on May 1.
On Monday, North Dakota reported 28 new positive cases of COVID-19 and a daily positivity rate of 3%. Active cases fell by 38 to 578.
54 additional people have recovered from the virus; 98,392 have recovered so far.
22 people are currently hospitalized, up one from Sunday. Two of those patients are in the intensive care unit.
The following counties have recorded new positive cases:
- Cass County (Fargo) – seven cases
- Williams County (Williston) – three cases
- Ward County (Minot) – three cases
- Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – two cases
One new death was reported, leaving the states death toll at 1,449 since the pandemic began.