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Wentz asks Rugby’s help to combat COVID

By Sue Sitter - | Sep 25, 2021

Sue Sitter/PCT Signage at Rockin Relics Cafe in Rugby encourages customers to wash their hands using the hand sanitizer they provide.

A recent spike in COVID transmission rates has sparked concern among local health officials, and Lake Region District Health Unit Nurse Samantha Wentz is asking area businesses and organizations for help.

“Mitigation strategies need to be occurring not just in the schools and medical facilities, but community wide,” Wentz said in a statement released community-wide Sept. 20.

Wentz said vaccines were one effective way of addressing the spread of COVID.

“Pierce County rates are too low,” Wentz said. “Please try to promote vaccine uptake. This needs to be a community-wide effort.”

Wentz added, “If you know of someone who has concerns, point them toward their medical provider to answer their questions and concerns about the vaccine. Try not to base opinions on what you have read on the internet. There is too much misinformation going around. Promote vaccinations in your business.”

For organizations and businesses planning large events, Wentz urged, “Consider postponing to a time when transmission rates are lower. Consider wearing masks if indoors at a large event.”

Wentz asked that businesses consider posting signage that reads, “Due to high transmission rates of COVID in Pierce County, please wear a mask.”

Wentz recommended residents seeking up-to-date information on vaccination rates and COVID cases visit www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/north-dakota-coronavirus-cases , or www.health.nd.gov/covid19vaccine/dashboard.

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