North Dakota rescinds quarantine orders as cases rise
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — While North Dakota battles one of the highest per-capita rates of COVID-19 spread in the nation, state officials have rescinded an order just a day after it was issued that would have enforced quarantines for close contacts of COVID-19 cases.
The move Thursday was a quick stepback by Gov. Doug Burgum from taking a more aggressive approach to containing the spread of infections. He says the state needs a “light touch” from government in managing the virus. North Dakota has seen the nation’s highest number of new confirmed cases per capita over the last two weeks. Health officials will rely on voluntary efforts to stem infections.