5:58 p.m.Friday, March 4, 2022
There is another mask update, this one impacting local colleges and government buildings in Hennepin County.
Students and staff at North Hennepin Community College were no longer required to wear masks indoors on Friday. The policy applies to all colleges and universities in the Minnesota state system, which also includes Hennepin Technical College.
On Monday, visitors to most buildings in Hennepin County will no longer be required to wear a mask. However, some county buildings may still require masks such as correctional and detention facilities and health care facilities.
Visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter county buildings. If these visitors must enter, they must wear a mask.
Minnesota State and Hennepin County are following the CDC’s latest guidance on whether to require masks. CDC guidelines use a combination of three measures to determine whether mandatory masking is necessary. They include: new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 people in the last seven days, percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
According to the latest Minnesota Department of Health hospital data released on Friday, the number of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 fell to 7.3 per 100,000 population, the lowest since Aug. 11.
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