Letter: Infection and death rates show that a mask mandate works

Mike Williams to run
After a two-year hiatus, Mike Williams says he intends to run for a fourth term on the Fargo City Commission. Dave Wallis / The Forum

October was a deadly month. North Dakota per capita had the most deaths from COVID-19 in the nation. Tragically, we lost 260 fellow North Dakotans, almost half of the 531 total North Dakota COVID deaths.

Nov. 1, North Dakota broke another record for the most new daily cases of 137 per 100,000.

The US average is 24.2 per 100,000, according to

Minnesota has a mask mandate, and 7.4 times our population.

October deaths from COVID:


North Dakota - 260 deaths = 1 death per 2,930 people

Minnesota - 418 deaths = 1 death per 13,492 people

October COVID cases

North Dakota - 22,349 cases = 1 case per 34 people

Minnesota - 46,880 cases = 1 case per 120 people

Minnesota issued a mask mandate July 25th, please call Gov. Burgum and ask him to issue an emergency mask in public mandate.

Please wear a mask in public, sanitize, physical distance, test, help trace to help reduce spread and save lives.

Williams is a former Fargo city commissioner.


This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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