Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said she ended Tuesday’s interview with “GMA3: What You Need To Know” a bit deflated by missing the chance to tout Mayo Clinic and the community’s response to the pandemic.

“It was over before I realized I wasn’t going to get the opportunity,” she said following a nearly 3-minute interview with GMA3 anchor Amy Robach.

Recorded shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, the interview aired during the noon-hour ABC News program.

“Mayo just got their fifth year in a row being the No. 1 hospital in the nation, and I was ready to talk about that and all the Rochester Ready stuff we’ve done,” she said of her expectations following a 20-minute prep interview on Monday.

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On Tuesday, Robach asked about the city’s mask mandate, which Norton said has been a challenge, but appears to be working after Gov. Tim Walz issued a statewide requirement.

“I’d say we’re at 85 to 90% compliance right now,” the mayor said.

Additionally, she said Olmsted County’s contact-tracing efforts have helped the city react quickly to a COVID-19 outbreak linked to bar patrons earlier this month.

Asked about election safety, Norton said city and county employees will be filling in for election judges who don’t feel comfortable working at polling locations for the Aug. 11 primary election. Last week, she announced that she plans to be an election judge for the day, if needed.

At the end of the interview, Robach turned the conversation to the city’s response to the May 25 death of George Floyd.

Norton outlined continued efforts to review police policies, as well as the community’s response with peaceful rallies in the weeks following Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

With the interview occurring approximately an hour after U.S. News & World Report announced Mayo Clinic again received the top spot on its annual list of best hospitals, Norton said she kept waiting for the discussion to turn a spotlight on the report.

“I kept waiting for the question, and it didn’t come,” she said, adding that the link to the world-famous medical center appeared to be one of the reasons she was initially asked to be on the national program.

“Why even call me? What makes me different than the St. Charles mayor or the Chatfield mayor?” she said.