FARGO — Cass County has more than 1,400 active cases of COVID-19. That's almost triple the previous peak back in May. The positivity rate is more than 15%.
Most of the people infected are in their 20s, though long-term care facilities are also seeing a spike.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a shutdown when the positivity rate is over 5%.
Mayor Tim Mahoney is hoping the recent mask mandate will bring the numbers down over the next two weeks.
Although there is nothing specific yet, he is brainstorming with the police chief and city lawyers to find options to avoid another shutdown if people don't start to take all the mitigation recommendations seriously.
"There are bars that seem to be over capacity; we are talking with the business owners. What we usually try to do first is have dialogue and discussions and make people aware of what the issues are and what the recommendations are. The health department also has environmentalists who can go into the bar and make recommendations," Mahoney said.
Mahoney is talking with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum every week. If another shutdown were to happen, personal care businesses likely would not be impacted.