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Don’t drop your guard on COVID-19 yet

We’re going to go out on a limb and say something that is probably not going to be very popular.

Despite Gov. Burgum reducing the COVID-19 threat levels and removing the regulations and making them guidelines we implore people to continue to social distance, and wear masks. Limit your large gatherings and wash your hands. Do not touch your eyes. Do all the things we know that limits the transmission of COVID-19.

Just because we’re on a down swing does not mean we’re out of the woods.

The numbers speak for themselves:

As of Friday, there were 1,675 active cases in the state and 1,373 deaths from the new coronavirus. Some 92,551 people in the state have had the virus at some point and have recovered. That amounts to about 1 in 600 North Dakotans who have died of the virus.

The reason we peaked in October and November is because of the relaxed guidelines in July and August.

Let’s not have another stretch where thousands of people are testing positive for COVID-19.

Mask-up until everyone has had a chance to get the vaccine – and yes, that might be months away.

This is not the time to relax. If not for your own health, for the sake of others’ do not let your guard down – not for a minute.

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