Close contact quarantine order rescinded
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Just one day after it was first issued, Interim State Health Officer Dr. Paul Mariani rescinded his order to have close contacts with people with coronavirus quarantine for 14 days.
In a statement, Mariani said, “While this order is being rescinded, we continue to stress the importance of quarantining and isolation to bend the curve back in the right direction in North Dakota.”
The order called for anyone who came in close contact with someone who tested positive to stay home for 14 days after the most recent contact with that person. There is a similar order for those who test positive themselves, which has been in place since April. The penalty is for both of these had been punishable by a Class B Misdemeanor.
Similar to mask initiatives, Gov. Doug Burgum is still recommending close contacts quarantine for 14 days, but will not use the law to enforce it.
Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said that the orders went too far and were too restrictive. Adding, that he wasn’t worried about the quick change creating confusion in policy.
When asked if Warnder has similar opinions toward the misdemeanor charges for people who test positive themselves, he said “that’s a little different.”
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