COVID-19 cases spike in Cass County

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – Cass County has 480 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.

Cass County now has the second most active cases of any county in the state, and cases are climbing.

“We’re in green, but actually two of our three matrices are in the yellow categories,” said Desi Fleming, director of public health at Fargo Cass Public Health. “So I think we’re at the point where we need to be more vigilant.”

Fleming says the cases are following a trend seen across the nation for areas with more college students.

NDSU is currently conducting 167 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks.

“With colleges coming back into session, different things, more kids coming to the area, people out and about more,” Fleming said. “People are going to bars and meetings. It is probably more social gatherings that pose a lot of our risks. “

This is not a big event. Fleming said never consider coming in contact with people outside your home, whether it be a group of friends or something like a wedding or a funeral.

“If people are not socially disturbed and are not wearing masks at those types of events, you can have 50 people and it can be a big event if you have a positive case,” Fleming said.

Right now, experts say without a vaccine, social distancing, masks and handwashing are the only defenses against COVID-19, and Fleming says this is not the time to be lazy.

Fleming says that going into the fall season, both masks and good hygiene are particularly important to combat flu and COVID-19 and avoid affecting our health system.

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