Fargo mayor weighing options as COVID-19 cases swell

A citywide mask mandate was ordered earlier this week.

Surging coronavirus numbers in Fargo has left Mayor Tim Mahoney contemplating how to best handle the outbreak, with more action possible following a citywide mask mandate that was implemented earlier this week. 

The mask mandate requires all residents and visitors in Fargo wear a mask or face covering when exposed to non-household members. “This is about science, not politics. This is our community’s health," Mahoney said. 

According to the North Dakota Department of Health, there are, as of Thursday, more than 6,300 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 1,347 of them in Cass County, which is home to Fargo. Cass County has seen cases skyrocket in October. 

Last Friday, the county had 947 active cases, and the Friday before that (Oct. 9) there were 722, and going back to the first Friday of October (Oct. 2) there were 584 active cases in the county. According to Johns Hopkins University, North Dakota leads the country in number of new cases per capita over the past two weeks. 

“We’re not doing well. I’m very concerned,” Mahoney told The Associated Press this week. “Our counts are not going down so we’re going to have to do something dramatic to get them down.”

Active cases represent people of all age groups, though people in their 20s account for 381 current infections and individuals in their 30s account for an additional 227 cases. 

There are 168 COVID-19 patient currently hospitalized in North Dakota, though only 27 are in intensive care. However, just 12.65% of the state's staffed hospital beds are available. 

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

Forum News Service reports that Mahoney is considering further action to cope with the spike in cases, though he hopes to avoid shutting down businesses. 

"There are bars that seem to be over capacity; we are talking with the business owners. What we usually try to do first is have dialogue and discussions and make people aware of what the issues are and what our recommendations are. The health department also has environmentalists that can go into the bar and make recommendations," Mahoney told Forum News Service. 

One way to contend with the outbreak is for people in the Fargo-Moorhead area to utilize a new saliva testing facility that just opened this week in Moorhead, where anyone can get a test for free and insurance is not required. Furthermore, anyone can get a saliva test even if they don't have symptoms. 

The saliva testing facility is located at the former Thomas Edison High School (1110 S. 14th St.) and is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 12-7 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Next Up

vote, vote now

MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

prison, Rush City cell block

Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

leech lake band of ojibwe sign

11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

reindeer como zoo

Watch live: Como Zoo's live reindeer cam is back for December

The live feed will run 24/7 allowing you to keep an eye on Santa's antlered helpers.


Three simple ways to boost your immune health heading into winter

Eating right is one thing, but there are other ways to stay healthy as the days shorten.

Taylor Rogers

Why Twins fans shouldn't give up on Taylor Rogers

The Twins closer struggled in 2020 but could rebound next season.

Co. Rd. 2 crash, Wakefield Twp.

Teen driver leaves road, crashes into three trees

Fortunately, the 16-year-old was not injured.

mndot deer  tunnel 1

Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals

This will provide a safe way for animals to cross the street, and hopefully limit deer-vehicle collisions.



Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reaches 60

The number of confirmed cases continues to climb in Minnesota.

masks, coronavirus, covid-19

Osterholm: It's time for a mask mandate, but social distancing more important

The state epidemiologist backs Gov. Walz ordering a mask mandate.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota tops 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, 1,000 hospitalized

There are now more than 1,000 people with COViD-19 hospitalized.

coronavirus, nurse

MN surrounded by states reporting record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Of 16,656 people tested in Wisconsin in the latest reporting period, more than 3,100 were positive.

masks, coronavirus, covid-19

Health officials: MN in 'vulnerable' COVID-19 state, 'next weeks are critical'

Jan Malcolm is urging Minnesotans to comply with the mask order and other preemptive measures.

covid-19, coronavirus

Walz indicates more COVID-19 restrictions could be on the way

More targeted mandates are likely on the way, according to Walz.


7 Minnesota schools identified as having 5+ cases of COVID-19

Schools are only named if they have had 5+ cases in the past two weeks.

novel coronavirus, covid-19, sars-cov-2

MN health officials comment on COVID-19 reinfection case in Hong Kong

It's the first confirmed case of reinfection of the coronavirus.