The order, which Mariani expanded Wednesday, mandated that residents recognized as close contacts quarantine in your home for 14 days or run the risk of facing Class B misdemeanor charges. The department specifies a close contact as a person who was within 6 feet of a recognized COVID-19 case for a minimum of 15 minutes. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum said in a Thursday news release “we require a light touch of federal government with more local leadership and partnership, and we feel we can much better support those efforts by working more carefully with regional public health and neighborhood leaders to recognize mitigation strategies that will be and work supported in each neighborhood.” Burgum stated while announcing the changed order Wednesday that the move was made to line up with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the order now declared null, North Dakota is again out of action with CDC guidelines. The firms site says close contacts need to get tested for COVID-19, and “asymptomatic contacts checking negative must self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.”
In a move that defies federal health standards, North Dakota announced late Thursday, Sept. 24, that interim State Health Officer Paul Mariani has rescinded an order that required close contacts of recognized COVID-19 cases to quarantine.
Thursdays retraction isnt the very first time during the pandemic the health department has actually backed off an order just hours after it was provided. Tufte, who later on resigned, drastically damaged a quarantine order for returning travelers in March a day after she declared the mandate.
The order, which Mariani broadened Wednesday, mandated that residents identified as close contacts quarantine at home for 14 days or risk dealing with Class B misdemeanor charges. The original order released by then-State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte in April only needed family contacts of known positives to quarantine. A spokesperson for the Department of Health did not respond in time for publication when asked if the original order remains in impact.
The initial order released by then-State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte in April only required family contacts of known positives to quarantine. A spokesperson for the Department of Health did not react in time for publication when asked if the original order stays in effect. Regional law enforcement would have implemented the quarantine required, however Thursdays release said no one has really been charged with breaking either version of the order.