Despite Governor Reynolds lifting her facemask mandate Feb. 6, the Wright County Board of Health is continuing its directive requiring masks in public spaces and six foot social distancing while masks are removed for eating or drinking.

  Sandy McGrath of Public Health told the Wright County Supervisors Feb. 8 that Covid-19 cases are still increasing, but at a slower rate. However, she is concerned that if the county lets up on safety restrictions, the numbers will sharply increase.

  McGrath said that while vaccinations are going well, immunity levels are not high enough to keep Covid-19 from spreading. The staff at the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools was vaccinated last Friday. Belmond- Klemme is planned for this week, and Eagle Grove is next week. Most county fire departments have been vaccinated. Clinics for those 65 and older are about to start. Seniors can sign up online for an appointment to receive the vaccine in March at: or call 515-532-3461. (All February appointments are full at this time. There are just 40 openings per week in Belmond, Clarion and Eagle Grove.)