Traill County’s 77 public employees will be required to wear masks while working indoors if they haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19, county leaders have decided.

The Traill County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to take steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus as confirmed cases of the delta variant spike across the country.

Brenda Stallman, director of the Traill District Health Unit, told county commissioners in July that 58 percent of Traill County residents had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, that percentage dipped to 46 percent in August as youth ages 12 and older were added as potential vaccine recipients, she said.

Stallman said 71 percent of the county’s 77 public employees have been fully vaccinated and three others have received one dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

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