Masks still required in schools, govt. buildings

Hunter Herbaugh
Sunday, February 21, 2021
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Though the state mask mandate was rescinded on Feb. 12, individual businesses and organization are free to set their own mandates as they see fit. Following the rescission of the mandate, both Glendive Public Schools and the Dawson County Commissioners confirmed they would be keeping mask requirements in some form. Officials for the City of Glendive and Dawson Community College have since announced their policies moving forward.

According to DCC president Dr. Scott Mickelsen, masks will still be required to be worn on the DCC campus. Likewise, COVID educators will still be stationed at the entrance to each of the campus’s three buildings and temperature checks will continue to be required. He said this will likely go on until the college administration feels it is safe to move on.

“We’ve been testing our student athletes, and anyone else that wants, at least once each week and we haven’t detected any new cases in about three weeks. If we can keep this up, we will move to having mask use be optional,” he said.

He noted that when the college does move on from mask requirements, it will likely be done in stages, though what those stages will include at this time are yet to be determined.

Likewise, the city will continue to require masks use on city property for the time being, according to Mayor Jerry Jimison. He noted that the city’s policy will be following essentially the same practices as the county for now.

“Both the county commissioners and the mayor’s office way back in August issued emergency orders for dealing with the pandemic and those will continue to be in existence until we declare there is no longer a pandemic or an emergency,” he said.

Jimison noted he will be following the county and the health department’s lead when it comes to determining when the pandemic will be deemed over and the emergency has ended.

As of Friday, Feb. 19, there are a total of seven active cases in Dawson County, according to the state’s report. Vaccination efforts are also still underway. To date, 1,722 total doses of the vaccine have been distributed in Dawson County, with 582 people fully immunized.

Jimison noted that with vaccinations progressing as well as they are, he is optimistic it won’t be much longer until the pandemic is over in the county.

“I see the light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines spreading throughout the county and the state. I think we’re close to the end of the emergency.”

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