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Dickinson County Supervisors Have Preliminary Discussion On When To Lift COVID Restrictions At Courthouse & Other County Facilities

Tue 2-16-2021

(Spirit Lake)-- There was some preliminary discussion at today's (Tues.) Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting as to when COVID restrictions at the courthouse and other county facilities might be lifted. The matter was brought to the table by Supervisor Steve Clark...Restriction Relaxation01 

"Those people are really saying, you know, why do I have to keep wearing a mask because the transmission rate is extremely low and things like that. We're going to hit that in the future. I think we need to be thinking about what our plan is at. You know, are we going to wait for 70 percent that have had the vaccine and had the virus, or do we have a goal? Do we have a plan?"

Board Chairman Bill Leupold offered his thoughts on the matter...Restriction Relaxation02 

"I'm thinking if a person gets two doses and there's a majority of Dickinson county citizens who have had the shots, you don't need to wear a mask. You don't have to wear a mask, let me put it that way. And I think it's at that point that we could open up."

Supervisor Jeff Thee agreed, adding he feels it's still too early to take any action...Restriction Relaxation03 

"You know we may have to call a audible at the line of scrimmage and monitor what's going on in the county, information from Lakes Regional, are we going up, are we going down, are we steadily going down? And then add into the fact that in May we're going to start having an influx of population and I guess I think when we get to a sustained time of the numbers are staying good, we can take a look at it and decide at that point."

Fellow supervisor Tim Fairchild said his biggest concern right now is over variants, saying those will have to be carefully monitored.

Some new electronic filtration equipment will be installed next week in the courthouse air handling system.