Is the pandemic over?
MINOT, N.D. – Following national data, North Dakota active cases of the coronavirus show a significant downward trend. With vaccine rates near 50% in the state and more than 60% nationally, along with fewer cases, is the US out of the pandemic?
According to the North Dakota Department of Health, active coronavirus cases are as low as they were last year when the pandemic first began.
“Its fantastic news, its great news. I am sure it was a combination of people quarantining and whatever they could do to probably disengage from being around a lot of people,” said Minot resident, Kevin Ternes.
Health officials with the county said they are seeing overall less COVID in the community.
“On the waste water studies, that is showing less prevalence of COVID, so that would support that cases are down not necessarily because people are being tested less, but we are seeing less in the waste water studies too,” said Lisa Clute with First Health District Unit.
However, they said they cannot predict when the pandemic will be declared over.
“I don’t think that we are done with the pandemic, I think we are learning to live with the pandemic. We know that there are places around the world that are still dealing with COVID infections and their rates are increasing,” said Kylie Hall, North Dakota State University Public Health coordinator.
Many in the community said they are getting back to their pre-pandemic lives and are not too worried about the virus.
“I feel pretty safe. I think when it comes to safety with the pandemic or virus like that, I think it runs its course but after things have went its course being able to move on from it,” said another Minot resident, Timonty Lewis.
Others said they still are concerned.
“We still wear masks a lot of times, if we are inside with a group. Still washing more often than before,” said James O’Bryan, a local resident.
Overall, health officials both in North Dakota and across the U.S. said it’s still too early to say the pandemic is over.
Other countries like India, Taiwan, and Uganda are dealing with a surge in COVID-19, including a different variant Delta, which is more transmittable.
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