Survey Shows 55 Percent of North Dakotans Support Mask Mandate, 68 Percent Report Wearing One Regularly


MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this month, I wrote a column asking why state officials weren’t tracking mask use.

The question of masks, and mask mandates, have come to dominate the debate around the COVID-19 outbreak, and it seems logical that some survey data documenting trends in mask use among North Dakotans might help inform that debate.

“We don’t currently have any metrics on mask use in North Dakota,” Nicole Peske, the chief communications officer for the Department of Health, told me when I inquired, at that time, about the data.

It seems since then the state has decided to start collecting some information. This afternoon Peske sent me what she described as “preliminary data” on mask use in the state.

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