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Live Updates: Coronavirus in North Dakota

Mar 13, 2020

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This post will be updated frequently with news and updates related to COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in North Dakota and the surrounding area. 

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Tuesday, March 31

10:30am -- Thirteen additional people have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota. Nine of them were from Cass County alone. The new statewide total stands at 122.

-- On Main Street: COVID-19 and the North Dakota economy, life in NYC during the pandemic, and educational resources for kids from Prairie Public.

-- Governor Burgum says North Dakota remains in the top ten states of testing per capita — but it can be assumed the real number of positive cases could be ten times higher.

Monday, March 30

4:30pm -- A third person has passed away due to complications of COVID-19 in North Dakota. This morning, the state health department reported that a woman in her 80s from McHenry County had died of the virus. This afternoon, they confirmed a man in his 70s from Morton County also succumbed COVID-19. Both patients had underlying health conditions, and both acquired the virus through community spread.

11:30am -- A second death due to COVID-19 has occurred in North Dakota. The case was a woman in her 80s in McHenry County with underlying health conditions who acquired the disease through community spread.

-- The state health department has confirmed eleven additional cases of COVID-19 in the state since yesterday, bringing the new statewide total to 109.

-- A third person has passed away due to complications of COVID-19 in North Dakota.

-- Bismarck Public Schools’ distance learning plan has been accepted by the state Department of Public Instruction. Bismarck is the largest school district in the state, with 13,500 students.

Sunday, March 29

11:00am -- There are now 98 confirmed cases of COVIS-19 statewide.

Saturday, March 28

--This morning, the North Dakota Department of Health confirmed 15 additional cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 83.

--Eleven additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 94.

Friday, March 27 

--North Dakota will be moving toward “mail ballots” for the June primary, because of the COVID-19 virus.

-- The Burgum Administration has released a new child care initiative in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, March 26

10:55am -- Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed this morning in North Dakota, including the state’s first young child case. The new statewide total is 52.

Wednesday, March 25

-- The D.F.L. Governor says having Minnesotan's shelter in place and making stronger efforts to social distance are one way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 24

4:30pm -- The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state's total to 36.

8:00am -- Three more positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state of North Dakota, bringing the state’s new total to 33.

Monday, March 23

--North Dakota is now reporting 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two were confirmed Sunday – a woman in her 30s in Burleigh County, and a man in his 40s in Pierce County. Of the 30 people with the virus, four are hospitalized.

Saturday, March 21

9:00am -- 28 positive cases of coronavirus and three hospitalized. No reported deaths. 1,169 total people have been tested, with 1,141 negative results.

Friday, March 20

10:28am -- Burleigh County announces restrictions on courthouse access

Thursday, March 19

5:00pm -- Governor Burgum has directed that several businesses must close until April 6, including restaurants, bars, recreational facilities, health clubs, and entertainment venues. Take-out, delivery, drive-through or off-sale services may continue. 

11:06am -- Eight more cases of coronavirus identifed in North Dakota

10:24am -- Bismarck, Mandan schools cancelling classes next week

9:19am -- ND Dept. of Human Services offers online services

6:39am -- Three Rivers Human Service Zone COVID-19 protocol

4:51am -- Seven cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota

Wednesday, March 18

5:50pm -- Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken COVID-19 update

5:47pm -- Williston State College COVID-19 update

5:44pm -- Bismarck Events Center and Belle Mehus Auditorium closing.

5:42pm -- Fargo closes city facilities.

3:00pm -- Online services for North Dakota residents.

2:45pm -- State Republican Convention cancelled because of coronavirus concerns.

2:23pm -- Utilities suspending disconnects for non-payment of bills.

11:00am -- New case in Morton County, community spread.

10:54am -- Norsk Hostfest cancels for this fall, begins planning for 2021.

5:56am -- YMCA in Bismarck, Family Wellness Center in Mandan will close temporarily

5:39am -- Four new COVID-19 cases in North Dakota (from Governor's briefing)

5:09am -- West Fargo closes goverment buildings

5:06am -- Essentia Health postpones routine appointments, elective procedures

5:03am -- North Dakota now reporting four new COVID-19 cases (story will be updated)

5:01am -- Fargo Diocese cancels Mass

Tuesday, March 17

4:00pm --  The North Dakota Department of Health confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in residents from Cass and Ward counties.

The individual from Cass County has a history of international travel; the public health investigation continues in both cases. So far in North Dakota, 223 individuals have been tested, 220 were negative and 3 are positive. 

7:55am -- ND Republican Party executive committee votes to cancel "in person" convention

4:48am -- Grand Forks declares a state of emergency

4:46am -- Minnesota COVID-19 updates

4:45am -- Mn Governor Tim Walz closes restaurants, bars

4:44am -- Moorhead Public Service announcement

4:43am -- Minot State cancellations

Monday, March 16

3:50pm -- Scammers could be concentrating on COVID response

3:48pm -- State Capitol tours to be limited

3:00pm -- NDSCS will begin limited in-person staffing March 18th

2:04pm -- Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton restricting visitors

1:45pm -- ND United President: Burgum did the right thing by closing schools for five days

10:45am -- The North Dakota Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, originally scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020, will be postponed until a later date.


10:42am -- Fargo Public Library cancels events

6:25am -- BSC extends spring break because of coronavirus concerns

4:45am -- UPDATE: Gov. Burgum orders K-12 schools closed until Friday

Sunday, March 15

8:10pm -- Gov. Doug Burgum announced the closing of North Dakota schools for one week, beginning Monday, March 16. The decision will be revisited Friday.

1:48pm -- Minnesota's Governor order K-12 schools to be closed Wednesday, March 28, through Friday, March 27.

Saturday, March 14

3:30pm -- Bismarck-Burleigh health -- 'control what you can control'

3:30 pm -- Guidance for K-12 schools re: coronavirus

3:20 pm -- Visitation restricted at state hospital in Jamestown

3:15 pm -- Governor Burgum declares coronavirus emergency

Friday, March 13

10:17am - Governor Burgum issues recommendations for events and public gatherings.

10:16am - The Fargo Public Library has cancelled the March 14 writing workshop and the March 15 author visit with Marcie R. Rendon. The library does plan to reschedule these events; however, a date has not yet been determined.

10:08am - Health Department releases guidance for nursing homes

10:05amCall before you visit your neighbor -- and your doctor.

Thursday, March 12

3:59pm - Minnesota's governor has released a supplemental budget proposal for this year. 

Tim Walz says Minnesota is in a good place financially, but he has suspected since November of last year that an economic downturn may be imminent. What he says he did not expect was COVID-19.

3:45pm - North Dakota has first 'presumptive' Coronavirus case: A Minot man in his 60s tested positive for the virus. He’s not hospitalized, and is staying home.

Gov. Doug Burgum told reporters the man was travelling on the West Coast, when he determined he had been in contact with a person who was infected.

Wednesday, March 11

4:55pm - North Dakota's Insurance Commissioner has issued a bulletin to all North Dakota health and travel insurance companies to waive cost-sharing requirements for COVID-19 testing. Read more.