FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Cass County has 480 active cases of COVID-19 since Monday.
Cass County already has the second most active cases of all counties in the state, and cases are rising.
“We’re in the green, but in fact two of our three indicators are in the yellow categories,” said Desi Fleming, director of public health at Fargo Cass Public Health. “So I think we’re in a place where we need to be more vigilant.”
Fleming says the cases follow a nationwide trend for areas with more students.
NDSU is currently reporting 1
“With colleges coming back for a session, different things, more kids coming back to the area, people are out for more,” Fleming said. “People go to bars and gatherings. Probably more social gatherings cause many of our exhibitions. “
It doesn’t have to be a big event. Fleming says to think whenever you come in contact with people outside your home, whether it’s a group of friends or something like a wedding or a funeral.
“If people aren’t socially distant and don’t wear masks at this type of event, you can have 50 people and it can be a big event if you have a positive case in this mix,” Fleming said.
Currently, experts say that without a vaccine, social distancing, masks and hand washing are the only protection against COVID-19, and Fleming says it’s not time to be lazy.
Fleming says entering the fall season, masks and good hygiene are especially important to fight the flu and COVID-19 and to avoid overloading our healthcare system.
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