At the county’s weekly emergency management update on Tuesday morning, Marcia Schroeder of Horizon Public Health told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners that public health officials are still encouraging the public to follow all guidelines of the Executive Stay-at-Home Order, but acknowledged that it’s getting tougher the longer the order goes on.

“Public Health is still reinforcing our Stay-at-Home Order, of course, and that is getting harder and harder as people are not wanting to be told they have to stay at home anymore, now especially that the weather is getting nicer,” said Schroeder. “And it’s getting to be difficult to do that.”

Schroeder also said public health encourages people to wear protective masks and that people should seek out mental health care if they feel it necessary, especially farmers. In addition, she told the Commissioners that while the number of tests given for COVID-19 statewide is increasing, there are still criteria that need to be met before testing will be done on a patient.

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