WILLISTON, N.D. – On October 14, Governor Doug Burgum announced changes to the North Dakota (ND) Smart Restart Protocols and to COVID-19 risk levels in numerous ND counties.
As of Friday, October 16, Williams County has transitioned from the moderate risk level (yellow) to the high risk level (orange).
“There are no mandated business closures but capacity level changes with this transition and the amended ND Smart Restart Protocols,” explained City of Williston Mayor, Howard Klug. “This is also an important reminder that we need to practice social distancing, including avoiding large events and wearing masks in public and respecting businesses that require masks.”
In response to the risk level change, the City of Williston has amended its internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.
These guidelines, which are intended for general office environments, were introduced on September 10 and are meant to provide an additional healthy and safety layer for staff and visitors.
The COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines include three risk levels that correspond to the recently modified ND Smart Restart levels:
- New Normal (blue) OR Low (green)
- Moderate (yellow) or High (orange)
- Critical (red)
As of Monday, October 19, the amended COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines are in effect at the High level.
Measures taken at the High level include:
- Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.
- Until further notice, all public meetings will be offered virtually.
- Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms for staff and public use.
As COVID-19 rates continue to fluctuate, citizens are encouraged to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.
The Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), will host the following upcoming community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building:
Monday, October 19 | 4-6pm
Monday, October 26 | 4-6pm
COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community.
Testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options available. Pre-register for testing at testreg.nd.gov to minimize waiting time and expedite testing.
In addition, drive thru flu shot events are also being held on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until November 6. Appointments can also be made by calling 701.774.6400.
Individuals are asked to bring their insurance card and a pen and to wear a mask.
For additional information on future local testing events, please follow the UMDHU on Facebook (@uppermissouridistricthealthunit).
To read the ND Smart Restart Protocols, please visit www.ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources.
For additional COVID-19 information related to the City of Williston, please visit bit.ly/WillistonCOVID-19.
For additional COVID-19 information related to the Williams County level, please visit www.williamsnd.com/Department/Communications/COVID-19.