A letter signed by the mayors of Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and West Fargo stresses the importance of mask-wearing, washing hands and sanitizing surfaces.

“To get us through this wave of COVID-19 and to keep our communities open, it’s crucial to be aware of our behaviors,” the letter states before reminding residents about the importance of hygiene and masks. “We must keep our social interactions to small groups, social distance when out in the public, utilize testing events and stay home if sick.”

In the letter, the phrase “wear a mask” was written in all capital letters.

Signees include Steve Bakken, of Bismarck; Brandon Bochenski, of Grand Forks; Bernie Dardis, of West Fargo; Tim Mahoney, of Fargo; and Shaun Sipma, of Minot.

“We ask for increased diligence from our business community when it comes to NDSmart Restart Recommendations to include occupant capacity in particular. Further disregard may lead to

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Beware the aftereffects of minimum wage hikes

Minimum wage is payment to non-skilled workers and/or for income supplement. It is unrealistic to equate it to a cost of living wage.

Minimum wage increase forces struggling business owners to raise the wages for all their more skilled higher paid workers. The outcome is layoffs, business closures, higher unemployment, higher price for consumer goods, and higher tax liability to tax payers.

Minimum wage jobs should be characterized as a motivator to stimulate a desire for higher education and/or blue-collar job training leading to jobs providing a good cost of living wage.

Business-friendly bills passing through our state legislature are always voted favorably by Republicans, but historically, and overwhelmingly, voted against by the controlling Democrats who are the cause for our undesirable business environment. Lost to us is big business from considering a move to Rhode Island providing business growth with high paying

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11-Year-Old Making Masks for Healthcare Workers Surprised With Money for New Sewing Machine

Holli Morgan was presented with a $1,200 check for a new sewing machine and YouTube channel

A young girl was gifted a sizeable check to purchase a new sewing machine and equipment after making 1,200 masks for health care workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

Holli Morgan, an 11-year-old girl from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has made hundreds of protective facial coverings for those on the pandemic’s frontlines, according to WGCL. She initially started with a goal of sewing 500 masks, but was motivated to surpass that mark once she reached it.

“I’m going to be honest, I was relieved because I thought — good we can stop,” Holli’s mother, April McMillian, told the news station of her daughter making her first 500 masks.

“She said, ‘No mommy, I’m going to make 1,200,’ ” McMillian recalled. “I’m like, ‘You

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  • A new CDC report shows that, as Arizona closed its bars and started enforcing more mask mandates over the summer, coronavirus infection rates in the state quickly tumbled.
  • It’s another good signal that masks, distancing, and avoiding crowds all work really well to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The CDC said in its report that this “combination” approach of voluntary and mandatory disease-fighting measures “is more effective” than any one tactic taken on its own, and is especially important since we don’t have a good vaccine or treatment yet. 
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Wear a mask and close the bars.

That’s the verdict from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out Tuesday, which highlights how these two actions — taken together — are critical to fighting COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The report details how both bar closures and

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  • Gary Kirby, the owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in West Melbourne, Florida, has a no-mask policy for his customers amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Customers who refuse to take off their face masks at Kirby’s bar will be asked to leave, WESH 2 reported. 
  • West Melbourne, which is located in Brevard County, doesn’t have mask-wearing enforcement for business owners.  
  • As of September 19, there have been at least 677,652 cases and 13,224 deaths in Florida since the beginning of the pandemic, according to The New York Times.
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A sports bar owner in West Melbourne, Florida, has a no-mask policy for his customers amid the coronavirus pandemic, said he finds it “completely unnecessary to have facemasks at all. We do not support; we do not believe in them.”

Gary Kirby, the owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge, started banning masks on September

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says a vaccine alone is not going to “get us to the point where we want to be, by the end of 2021.”
  • We’ll need to vaccinate, social distance, continue hand hygiene, and use masks in order to get the level of coronavirus circulating between people down so low that outbreaks become a thing of the past.
  • The first coronavirus vaccines will likely not protect people from getting sick at 100%, but may provide somewhere around 70% protection against symptomatic infections. 
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Just getting vaccinated is not going to be enough to end this pandemic. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci made it clear during our interview earlier this week: There is no singular, winning public health intervention that will wipe out this novel coronavirus all on its own. 

“I said a combination of an effective vaccine and adherence to certain public-health principles will

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  • The White House scuttled a plan to partner with the US Postal Service to send every American a face mask, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. 
  • A draft press release obtained by The Post showed that the Postal Service was preparing to send out 650 million face masks in April to supply every household with them. 
  • However, a senior administration official told The Post that the White House nixed the plan because officials thought “receiving masks might create concern or panic.” 
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The White House scrapped a plan by the US Postal Service to send every American household a face mask in April, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing documents obtained through public-records requests. 

The Post obtained thousands of internal Postal Service documents that revealed previously unreported details of the agency’s struggle to deal with the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Sep 16, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
MarketsandResearch.biz, one of the world’s prominent market research firms has released a report titled Global N95 Protective Masks Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 primarily aims to hint at opportunities and challenges in the global industry. The report is an all-inclusive document comprising crucial information about top players, market trends, pricing analysis, and overview of the market for the forecast period from 2020 to 2025. The report contains valuable information and an in-depth analysis of primary and secondary drivers, market share, leading segments, and regional analysis. The research studies supply and demand situation, the competitive scenario, and the challenges for global N95 Protective Masks market growth, market opportunities, and the threats faced by top key players.

Industry outlook:

Product types, applications, geographies, and

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As the catastrophic reopening of US businesses has led to a predictable explosion in COVID-19 infections and deaths, even some of the most reactionary state and local governments have abandoned their opposition to safety mandates. Texas governor Greg Abbott had initially prohibited cities and counties from requiring mask use, but on July 2, he issued a statewide mask mandate. The governors of Alabama and Arkansas have since done the same, despite backlash from those in the party insisting masks are somehow taking away their freedom.

The governors’ about-face doesn’t stem from grief at the mass death among their constituents. It’s a reflection of the changed position of big business, large portions of which have decided that a rampaging virus jeopardizes profits. Business has been forced into this realization by increasing disruption by workers and consumers.

One problem for business is that Trump’s propaganda can’t fool everyone. Many customers simply will

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A Florida small business owner says she has received rape threats and dealt with people getting violent and abusive over her store’s mask policy.

a book on a bed: Close-up of a cardboard box filled with packaged blue surgical masks imported from China during an outbreak of the coronavirus in San Ramon, California, April 5, 2020.

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Close-up of a cardboard box filled with packaged blue surgical masks imported from China during an outbreak of the coronavirus in San Ramon, California, April 5, 2020.

Holly Donohoe has placed large signs outside the Vintage Arts Decor Studio in Jacksonville, telling customers that face masks are required inside the boutique.

Donohoe, who has a compromised immune system, told First Coast News that she has been dealing on a regular basis with people cursing at her or worse after she asked them to wear a mask inside the store.

Customers have made threats, spat on her and set fires outside her business because of the mask policy, according to the station. Last month, one customer set a notebook on fire and threw

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