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This page will be updated frequently with news and updates related to COVID-19 in North Dakota.

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A Fargo Fire investigator is asking people not to be stubborn and to take the COVID-19 threat seriously.

Prairie Public reporter Todd McDonald has this story…

We acknowledge the passing of MHA tribal historian Marilyn Hudson, sharing an excerpt of her visit with Merrill Piepkorn in 2012.

12 deaths, 781 new COVID-19 cases

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The state health department has confirmed twelve more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 488.

 

The patients were:

 

City of Bismarck

Bismarck has become the latest North Dakota city to adopt a mask mandate, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The vote was 3 to 2.

The mandate does not have any penalties.

Commissioner Nancy Guy said she proposed the mandate, because she fears if Bismarck and Burleigh County don’t reduce the positivity rate, businesses and schools could again face shutdowns.

"We're not getting the job done," Guy said. "We don't have enough people doing it (wearing masks), in order for it to be making a difference."

15 deaths, nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases across the state

Oct 27, 2020

The state health department has confirmed fifteen additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 476.

 

The patients were:

 

An agreement has been reached to end the federal and state lawsuits and provide compensation and mitigation for potential impacts from the FM Area Diversion Project.

The settlement agreement, which will allow construction to be completed on the $2.75 billion flood control project, was signed Monday by leaders of the Diversion Authority, and a number of upstream groups, the Richland-Wilkin Joint Power Authority, the cities of Wolverton and Comstock, Minnesota, and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District.

Dr. Birx encourages mask wearing during Bismarck visit

Oct 26, 2020
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The White House’s top adviser on COVID-19 has a message for the people of North Dakota: Wear a mask, to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr. Deborah Birx was in Bismarck on Monday to meet with community, tribal and state health officials. She said she is concerned about North Dakota’s increase in case numbers and deaths from the virus. And she said she's concerned that with the colder weather, more people will be indoors, and that could mean more spread.

Sanford Health merging with Intermountain Healthcare

Oct 26, 2020

Sanford Health and Intermountain Healthcare have announced their intent to merge.

Their plan is to complete the merger by next summer.

Intermountain is based in Salt Lake City – and it will be the managing partner. It will keep its corporate offices in Sioux Falls.  Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison will be the CEO of the new organization.

At a news conference, Harrison said health care has become unaffordable for many Americans. He said there is a lot of duplication and waste in the health care system.

The state health department has confirmed five additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 461.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Man in his 70s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 70s from Cass County.
  • Man in his 80s from Ramsey County.
  • Man in his 30s from Sioux County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Williams County.

 

EERC researching "rare earth elements" in lignite coal

Oct 26, 2020

The University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center has been doing the study of what are called “rare earth” elements in lignite coal.

Those elements are essential for such things as cell phones, batteries and other electronic devices. Currently, the US imports most of those elements from other countries, such as China.

"We are seeing we have high concentrations in coals, and lignite in particular," said EERC CEO Charles Gorecki. "And it's just identifying where they are, and working on how you extract them, and get them to a processing plant."

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Some U.S. hospitals have been hit by coordinated ransomware attacks designed to infect systems for financial gain, federal agencies and a private-sector cybersecurity company warned on Wednesday.

A joint advisory by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and the FBI says there is "credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to U.S. hospitals and health care providers.

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Philadelphia officials issued a citywide curfew on Wednesday after consecutive nights of protests — which at times turned violent — following the fatal police shooting of a 27-year-old Black man, Walter Wallace Jr.

He was holding a knife when police shot him.

The curfew goes into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and lasts until 6 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney said. Kenney also lamented the looting and property destruction that's taken place during nighttime protests.

On the last episode of Play It Forward, All Things Considered's chain of musical gratitude, British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas spoke about Brooklyn-based musician and producer Nick Hakim. In particular, she explained his spellbinding sound and why she considers him one of the greatest musical minds.

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Hurricane Zeta made landfall late today in southeastern Louisiana. The strong Category 2 storm blew ashore with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and a significant storm surge. It's the fifth named storm to hit Louisiana this year. We're joined now by Tegan Wendland of member station WWNO in New Orleans, where conditions are getting worse.

And Tegan, just to start, how are things looking where you are?

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Hurricane Zeta made landfall late today in southeastern Louisiana. The strong Category 2 storm blew ashore with sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and a significant storm surge. It's the fifth named storm to hit Louisiana this year. We're joined now by Tegan Wendland of member station WWNO in New Orleans, where conditions are getting worse.

And Tegan, just to start, how are things looking where you are?

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