Trisha Weishaar, the receptionist at the Elgin Community Clinic, checks the temperature of a visitor to the clinic as part of regular screening now taking place at the clinic.
(Editor’s note: We have contacted various businesses, schools and other entities for this story, but it is not a comprehensive list of business responses to the coronavirus pandemic. As events continue to evolve, people are encouraged to call ahead to confirm an event is still scheduled or a business is still open or how the business is operating. Everyone is urged to remain at home as much as possible.)
The voices range from frustrated to composed, and from sadness to hopeful optimism. Local businesses, schools and churches are starting to feel the impacts of emergency declarations and social distancing surrounding efforts to keep coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from spreading too rapidly.
“This could happen at any time in any community in North Dakota. There’s no community that’s immune … and that’s why social distancing is so important,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. “This is not the time to be complacent. We’ve got to be vigilant.”
Schools have been closed indefinitely and staff are reinventing delivery of education and even hot lunches. Some businesses have been forced to close. Others are revamping how they serve customers. The Grant County courthouse is closed to visitors, but offices are still being staffed and services provided as much as possible. The closure remains in effect through March 27, when the decision will be reassessed.
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