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The Mayor's Message

10/19/2020

The Mayor's Message - 10.19.2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 42,000 will die. Regular breast cancer screenings are the best method available to detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. The Women’s Way program at Fargo Cass Public Health provides free breast cancer screenings for women age 40-64 who meet income eligibility guidelines. Contact Fargo Cass Public Health at 701.298.6918 for details.

Due to the recent rise in area COVD-19 cases all three Fargo Public Library locations will operate with new service hours until further notice. All library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the downtown Main Library and the Dr. James Carlson Library branches will be closed on Sundays until further notice. Also, as per Orange Operations for City Facilities, members of the public will be required to wear masks within all Fargo Public Library locations at all times (children age 4 and younger are not required to wear masks in the library.)

The downtown Fargo Public Library's main location has a Mask Tree in the lobby. Library staff are accepting new, handmade masks of any size for the tree to provide masks to the members of the community. Donated masks can be dropped off at the Main Library Circulation Desk.

Effective today (October 19), I activated Orange Operations for City Facilities, which acknowledges the new High Risk Level for COVID-19 in Cass County. This adheres to the North Dakota Smart Restart guidance provided by the State of North Dakota and the North Dakota Department of Health. The plan will remain in effect until further notice. Some modifications to operations include members of the public will be required to wear masks within all City facilities at all times and City staff will continue to utilize masks are required in employment policies. Capacity for the Chambers is reduced to 46 in order to ensure six-foot physical distancing for visitors and staff; this is less than one-fourth of the Chambers capacity. Due to this restriction, the resident comment period at City Commission meetings is suspended until further notice to avoid large gatherings. Residents are encouraged to contact Commissioners via the City website.