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102 new cases of COVID-19 found

May 8, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 102 new individuals from 25 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 108,439.

 

These results were from a pool of 2,643 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.04 percent.

 

50 of those positives were PCR tests, and 52 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

State confirms 122 new coronavirus infections

May 7, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 122 new individuals from 27 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 108,341.

 

These results were from a pool of 4,575 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.68 percent.

 

65 of those positives were PCR tests, and 57 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

Otter Tail Power to install automated metering

May 7, 2021

Otter Tail Power Company is planning to install advanced electric metering.

It has asked the North Dakota Public Service Commission for an “advance determination of prudence” for the project. If granted, it would make it easier for Otter Tail to seek financing for the project.

"Currently, 99 percent of Otter Tail's 7000 customer meters in North Dakota must be manually read," said Commissioner Brian Kroshus. "It's 37,000 square miles of service territory."

MDU, Great Plains natural gas rates increasing

May 7, 2021

MDU and Great Plains Natural Gas customers will see higher monthly bills, because of the settlement of natural gas rate cases.

The utilities were granted interim rates, while the cases were pending.

Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus said for MDU, this brings the monthly  increase for an average homeowner to $4.21 per month. For Great Plains customers in the city of Wahpeton, it's $3.62 per month for the average customer.

Kroshus said the reason for the rate case was to replace some aging natural gas pipelines.

State confirms 138 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

May 6, 2021

The state health department has confirmed two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,499.

 

Deaths are reported to the state health department by facilities or by official death record, and can take up to ten days to be confirmed. 

 

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 138 new individuals from 27 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 108,218.

 

3 COVID-19 related deaths confirmed, 173 new cases

May 5, 2021

The state health department has confirmed three more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,497.

 

Deaths are reported to the state health department by facilities or by official death record, and can take up to ten days to be confirmed. 

 

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 173 new individuals from 36 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 108,081.

 

149 new COVID-19 cases found

May 4, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 149 new individuals from 27 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 107,912.

 

These results were from a pool of 3,368 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.63 percent.

 

58 of those positives were PCR tests, and 91 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

DPI to monitor 'ESSER' funding for local schools

May 4, 2021

North Dakota schools have been receiving money from the COVID-19 relief packages, under what is known as “ESSER.”

"ESSER" stands for "Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief."

State school superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the money can be used mainly for one-time spending, from personal protective equipment to dealing with “learning loss” because of a lack of in-person instruction. And she said the ESSER money is allocated according to each school’s Title One funding formula.

Change in water governance

May 3, 2021

The 2021 Legislature approved a change in the state's governance of water in North Dakota.

HB 1353 created a department of water resources. Up until now, water projects were the purview of the state water commission, chaired by the Governor. The commission employed a state engineer.

The change means an agency director would be hired by Gov. Doug Burgum, with the approval of the water commission.

State confirms 55 new cases of COVID-19

May 3, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 55 new individuals from 14 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 107,763.

 

These results were from a pool of 970 tests for a daily positive rate of 7.63 percent.

 

33 of those positives were PCR tests, and 22 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

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