“Right now, it’s certainly quite prevalent in our society, where we’re seeing a higher number of people get sick with COVID,” says St. Louis County Director of Public Health Amy Westbrook.
Right now, St. Louis County in a high-risk zone when it comes to COVID-19 transfer. This caused the city building mask to return to Duluth.
When it comes to a city-wide mask mandate, it is up to the city rather than the county to implement a city-wide mask mandate. And Duluth has not yet mentioned whether they plan to issue one.
Amy Westbrook explains where we are with our COVID numbers, saying, “Our numbers are comparable to where we were a little in the middle of the fall of 2021, so certainly not at the height of OMICRON or even DELTA.”
For students, the recent rise in cases comes at an inappropriate time, as many of them are getting ready to graduate at large ceremonies.
Duluth East is a school that monitors the situation. Right now, their exam will be indoors with no masks required. Principle Danette Seboe says there is also no chance of their ceremony being canceled.
Westbrook says: “It’s just an important reminder to understand where we are with transmission. Hopefully we will come down soon and we will continue to see that decline.”