COVID-19

Page updated: 21.3.17


Current risk level for Williams County: GREEN/LOW

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Green/Low Risk for exposure or transmission, low case counts are reported, public health and private health care are able to safely diagnose, treat, and isolate COVID-19 cases and their contacts. During this level, businesses can reopen, and much of normal life can begin to resume. However, physical distancing measures and limitations on gatherings will still be recommended to prevent transmission from accelerating again. For older adults (those over age 65), those with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19, continuing to limit time in the community will be important. State and community leaders should prepare health alerts, communicate risk and symptoms, review plans, prepare for public health capacity if needed for spikes in cases.

A low/green risk level increases the recommended occupancy limit for bars, restaurants and other foodservice establishments from 65 percent of licensed facility capacity up to 200 patrons, and to 80 percent of licensed facility capacity up to 300 patrons, with social distancing. Banquet, ballrooms and event venues are recommended at 75 percent of room capacity, not to exceed the ND Smart Restart capacity limits.

Citizens are encouraged to continue to minimize spread through appropriate social distancing, washing hands frequently, respecting posted guidelines for businesses, and taking advantage of the opportunity to be tested.

The risk level is set by Governor Doug Burgum's office. More information, including specific information about what each level means, can be found in the ND Smart Restart Guidelines.


The North Dakota Department Health (NDDoH) is the agency responsible for tracking and disseminating case information. For information and access to data, please visit their COVID-19 Dashboard.

CITYWIDE MASK ORDER
In response to increasing COVID-19 cases, City of Williston Mayor Howard Klug  signed a COVID-19 Emergency Municipal Declaration on Monday, November 9, 2020. Utilizing emergency powers, Mayor Klug issued a citywide Mask Order, effective immediately.

UPDATE - 2/10/2021
Effective immediately, the citywide Mask Order introduced on Monday, November 9 by Mayor Klug and approved by the City Commission is now expired.

This motion was approved by the City Commission.

The City Commission also approved the resumption of events, including those requiring an alcohol permit, beginning Monday, March 1, provided they follow state guidelines. Event permit applications can be submitted after Monday, February 15.

VACCINES

REGISTRATION & CLINIC APPOINTMENTS
The Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU) has COVID-19 vaccines and if you live in UMDHU's service area (Divide, Williams, Mountrail, and McKenzie Counties), you can go to https://vaccinereg.health.nd.gov/ to register for a vaccination.

You can also call to make a vaccine appointment at the following locations:

CHI St. Alexius | 701.572.7651
Tioga Medical Center | 701.664.3368
Trinity | 701.572.7711

NOTIFICATION
UMDHU has a notification method for the COVID-19 vaccine. Citizens of the UMDHU service area can sign up to be notified when the vaccine is available for their ND COVID-19 Priority Group.


Interested individuals can sign up here http://bit.ly/UMDHUnotify

If an individual does not fit into a priority group, there is also an option to indicate interest in being notified when the vaccine is available to the general public.

Completing the form does not guarantee a vaccine for you, but will notify you via email or text message of how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine when it is ready for your demographic.

Only one form should be completed per person.

For more information about North Dakota's COVID-19 Priority Groups, please visit https://www.health.nd.gov/covid-19-vaccine-priority-groups

TESTING EVENTS
Expanding testing plays a major role in keeping North Dakota open. In addition to social distancing, mask-wearing and washing your hands frequently, testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Identifying positive cases of COVID-19 early is the only way to quickly trace and isolate.

Find a list of testing locations here.

Preregistration will further minimize waiting times and expedite testing. If you have registered once you do not need to do it again if getting re-tested.

CITY OF WILLISTON BUILDINGS
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.

As of Monday, March 15, 2021, the Williston Community Library has extended its hours of operation.


Current library hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9am-6pm
Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

They are currently offering study cubicle appointments, curbside pickup, computer use appointments, browsing appointments, and various virtual programs.

  • Facemasks are required when in the building and must be covering your mouth and nose.
  • Two households allowed per 30-minute browsing appointment.
  • Appointments may be scheduled up to one week in advance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Williston Community Library at 701.774.8805.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
All public meetings will be held in-person but a virtual option will be available. Until further notice, masks are required to enter and attend public meetings held in city buildings.

Regular City Commission meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6pm.


LIQUOR LICENSES

On Wednesday, September 23, the City Commission adopted a resolution to suspend the use of liquor licenses for the purposes of special events.

On Tuesday, February 9, the City Commission approved the resumption of events, including those requiring an alcohol permit, beginning Monday, March 1, 2021 provided they follow state guidelines. Event permit applications can be submitted after Monday, February 15.


PRESS RELEASES
21.2.25 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston
21.2.18 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston
21.2.11 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston
21.2.10 | City of Williston Mask Order ends
21.2.3 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston
21.1.27 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston
21.1.21 | Community rapid COVID-19 testing continues in Williston 
21.1.20 | Williston Community Library begins timed browsing appointments
21.1.19 | City of Williston Mayor extends Mask Order
21.1.13 | Second free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston
21.1.6 | Free community rapid COVID-19 testing to be offered in Williston
21.1.4 | Williston Community Library begins phased re-opening
20.11.9 | City of Williston Mayor issues Mask Order
20.10.19 | City of Williston amends internal COVID-19 Guidelines

20.9.23 | City of Williston and COVID-19 Risk Level

20.9.10 | City of Williston introduces additional internal COVID-19 guidelines

COVID-19 RESOURCES

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website | Facebook
  • North Dakota Department of Health Website | Facebook  For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1.866.207.2880 from 8am-5pm, Monday through Saturday. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider. 
  • Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU) Website | Facebook
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center Website | Facebook

COVID-19 QUICK LINKS