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MASK MANDATE

Rising COVID-19 infections prompted the city to take action.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, all staff will be required to wear a mask while in any district buildings.
An uptick in COVID-19 cases prompted the school to reinstitute additional precautions
Layered mitigation strategies, including wearing a mask, have shown to significantly decrease the risk of transmission.

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There is little evidence supporting generalized use of masks.
A federal court judge said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority in requiring masks on public transportation, a mandate that legal experts considered well within the bounds of the agency’s charge to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. Public health experts worry the ruling will hamper the agency’s ability to respond to future outbreaks. The CDC has asked the Department of Justice to appeal the decision.
I do not believe we can all agree with St. Louis County Public Health Division Director Amy Westbrook, who said in the April 5 story, “St. Louis County celebrates pandemic response,” that there are things we all can agree on regarding COVID-19.
Masks will not be required in multiple indoor spaces including sporting events and entertainment venues.
Citing a decline in COVID infections locally and new CDC guidance, the city has made masking optional in its buildings.
The Duluth college will make masks optional starting Monday.

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Citing low COVID-19 community transmission levels, the district announced it will make masks optional starting Monday, March 7.
School board members across the United States have endured a rash of terroristic threats and hostile messages ignited by roiling controversies over policies on curtailing the coronavirus, bathroom access for transgender students and the teaching of America’s racial history.
The local masking requirement is set to expire this weekend.

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