Dr. Joel Walz, Grand Forks County’s health officer, told City Council members he intends to sign a countywide mask mandate that, unlike a citywide one council members OK'd late last month, carries actual penalties for violating it.
If granted by President Donald Trump, the disaster declaration would free up public funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help North Dakota municipalities and counties repair infrastructure and roads damaged by the storms.
Bismarck's Burleigh County reported the greatest number of new cases with 44, while Fargo's Cass County added 41 cases. Jamestown's Stutsman County posted 28 new cases. Grand Forks County and Minot's Ward County added 24 new cases.
The declaration, which came at the request of Gov. Doug Burgum, unlocks federal aid for state, local and tribal governments to repair the estimated $40 million in damaged infrastructure that the flooding left in its wake.