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Unvaccinated Beltrami County employees required to be tested weekly, wear masks


January 6, 2022

BEMIDJI -- Beltrami County employees who are unvaccinated will be required to get tested weekly for the coronavirus and wear a facemask for the foreseeable future.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve recommendations from staff to comply with standards set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The standards set by OSHA require any employer with more than 100 workers to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing and mask-wearing.

The standards by OSHA were halted for a period of time because of an injunction, but the injunction was later removed in court. The standards are now expected to be heard by the Supreme Court on Jan. 7, which will make the final decision on whether or not the standards can be in place long term.


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