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Mask Wearing Becomes Contentious Issue in Rural Counties

The Upper Midwest has seen skyrocketing rates of COVID-19, partly due to attitudes on public health measures like mask wearing. Local officials are encountering resistance to public health measures. “One or two people with infections can really cause a large impact when you have one grocery store or gas station,” said Misty Rudebusch, the medical director at a network of rural health clinics in South Dakota called Horizon Health Care. “There is such a ripple effect.”

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