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Many Minnesotans choose to stay masked, despite lifting of COVID-19 mask mandate


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Stephanie and Cory Lake with their daughter, Odette, 7, in their Minnetonka home. "We will continue to wear masks in any indoor setting," Stephanie Lake said.

Stephanie and Cory Lake know what it's like to spend days and nights at their daughter's bedside, watching her take in oxygen with machine support while hoping she would start breathing on her own again.

Twice before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Odette Lake, now 7, was hospitalized with serious breathing problems, including once after a viral infection. Her health issues were exacerbated by previously unknown allergies.

Odette fully recovered both times, but the experiences left no doubt about whether her family will continue wearing cloth face coverings despite the easing of the mask-wearing rules across most of Minnesota.


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