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19 cases of COVID-19 in ND; bars, restaurants to close

Mar 19, 2020

Twelve additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in North Dakota, bringing the new total to 19.

Ten of the new cases were located in Burleigh County. One patient has been hospitalized.

During his briefing today, Governor Burgum announced that public access to state facilities, including the North Dakota State Capitol, will be restricted effective immediately until Monday, April 6. He's also using an executive order to direct most of the state government team to work remotely. While access to the Capitol will be restricted, state services will continue in alternative ways. Bars and restaurants will also close for in house dining, but can still offer takeout services. Schools in North Dakota shall be closed indefinitely.

Burgum also stressed the importance of every citizen needing to take responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing.

Edit: A previous version of this story stated there were 27 confirmed cases in North Dakota.