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Live Updates: Coronavirus in North Dakota

Mar 13, 2020

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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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Saturday, September 19

-- Eight individuals pass away; COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000.

Friday, September 18

-- ND Health Department confirms new record high COVID-19 cases, testing as active cases near 3,000.

Thursday, September 17

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 182, with five more individuals passing away with the disease. The patients were a woman in her 90s from Ward County, and a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s all from Burleigh County. They each had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 394 new individuals from 38 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 16,723. These results were from a pool of 6,764 tests for a daily positive rate of 6.11 percent.

Wednesday, September 16

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 177, with five more individuals passing away with the disease. The patients were a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s from Burleigh County, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 80s from Eddy County, and a man in his 60s from McLean County. They each had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 269 new individuals from 35 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 16,333. These results were from a pool of 5,209 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.35 percent.

-- Air travel continues to recover in North Dakota.

Tuesday, September 15

-- Today's results are from a pool of 2,038 tests for a daily positive rate of 12.18 percent— the highest daily positive rate since the pandemic began.North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 172, with two more individuals passing away with the disease. The patients were both men in their 80s with underlying health conditions. One was from Burleigh County, and the other was from Morton County. Additionally, 235 new individuals from 35 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 16,064.

Monday, September 14

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 170, with two more individuals passing away with the disease. Additionally, 255 new individuals from 24 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 15,831. These results were from a pool of 4,266 tests for a daily positive rate of 6.44 percent.

-- Schools across North Dakota are experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, partially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, September 13

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 168, with one more individual having passed away with the disease.

Friday, September 11

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 164, after four more individuals have passed away with the disease. The patients were a man in his 50s and two men in their 80s from Burleigh County, as well as a woman in her 70s from Mountrail County. They each had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 244 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,648.

Thursday, September 10

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 160, after three more individuals have passed away with the disease. The patients were two men in their 80s from Burleigh County, and a woman in her 90s from Dunn County. They each had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 337 new individuals from 34 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,443. These results were from a pool of 6,358 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.45 percent.

Wednesday September 9

-- Bismarck City Commissioners have decided – for the moment – not to adopt a mask mandate to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 157, after one more individual has passed away with the disease. The patient was a man in his 60s from Ward County. He had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 239 new individuals from 25 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 14,110.

Tuesday, September 8

-- 75 new individuals from 17 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 13,872. These results were from a pool of 1,431 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.24 percent.

Monday, September 7

-- North Dakota in the national news: After holding the line on Covid-19, North Dakota sees cases spike.

-- 171 new individuals from 24 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 13,801. These results were from a pool of 2,404 tests for a daily positive rate of 7.11 percent.

Sunday, September 6

-- One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the new statewide death toll to 156. The patient was a man in his 70s from Sioux County. He had underlying health conditions.  Additionally 299 new individuals from 31 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 13,631.

Friday, September 4

-- 343 new individuals from 29 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 12,973. These results are from a pool of 6,713 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.09 percent.

Thursday, September 3

-- At his weekly coronavirus briefing, Governor Doug Burgum outlined changes to North Dakota's COVID-19 risk level. Right now, the entire state is in the "green," or "low" risk level. As students have returned to classes in both K-12 schools and colleges, North Dakota's COVID numbers have sharply increased. But Burgum says treating each county equally in regard to risk level doesn't make sense.

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 150, with two more individuals passing away with the disease.

Tuesday, September 1

-- The state’s new positive total is 12,000.

Monday, August 31

-- One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide death toll to 143. The patient was a man in his 50s from Grand Forks County. He had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 114 new individuals from 23 counties have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 11,816. These results are from a pool of 1,920 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.94 percent.

Sunday, August 30

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 142, as one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus.

Friday, August 28

-- 314 new COVID-19 cases; just over 25% of North Dakota's population tested

Thursday, August 27

-- A man in his 40s with no underlying health conditions has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 139. He was from Burleigh County.

Wednesday, August 26

-- Burleigh County is reporting the most new cases today – with 64 new positives.

Tuesday, August 25

-- Grand Forks County is reporting the most new cases today, with 110 individuals testing positive for COVID-19.

Monday, August 24

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll is now 137, as one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus. 127 new individuals from 22 counties have also tested positive for the disease, bringing the new statewide positive total to an even 10,000. 26 new cases were found in Grand Forks County, 21 in Stark County, 17 in Cass County, and 15 in Burleigh County. Ramsey County had eight new cases, Morton County had seven, Ward County had six and both Stutsman and Williams Counties had five. Three new cases were found in Dickey County. Benson and Richland Counties each had two new cases. Barnes, Dunn, Eddy, Kidder, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Ransom, Rolette and Walsh Counties each had one new case apiece.

Saturday, August 22

-- Two hundred sixty-two new coronavirus cases, three more deaths as active cases continue to climb

Friday, August 21

-- Two more people have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 132. The patients were a woman in her 70s from Burke County and a woman in her 50s from Benson County. They each had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 232 new individuals from 29 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 9,474. These results are from a pool of 7,033 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.3 percent.

Thursday, August 20

-- For the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s top health official is stepping down. Gov. Doug Burgum said interim state health officer Dr. Andrew Stahl will be leaving at the end of the month. Stahl will be joining the staff at Sanford Health in Bismarck. Stahl replaced Mylynn Tufte, who left the health officer position June first. During his weekly coronavirus briefing, Burgum said Stahl had told him early on that he wanted to return to private practice. He praised the work Stahl had done.

-- 274 new individuals from 24 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 9,242. These results are from a pool of 7,738 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.54 percent.

Wednesday, August 19

-- The state’s Department of Commerce says the demand for “Economic Resilience Grants” has been very strong. Those grants are to help businesses provide a safe environment, and to help restore consumer confidence. The department has $66 million from the CARES Act for that program.

Tuesday, August 18

-- Today, Burleigh County once again leads with the most new COVID-19 cases found, with 50. Morton County had 18 new cases. There were twelve new cases in both Cass and Ward Counties. Stark County had eight new cases. Grand Forks and Walsh Counties each had six new cases. There were five new cases found in Sioux County, and four found in Williams County. Benson and McLean Counties each had three new cases. Golden Valley County had two new cases. Adams, Barnes, Divide, Eddy, Mountrail, Rolette and Stutsman Counties each had one new case apiece. 401,876 tests have been administered. 180,928 unique individuals have been tested. There are currently 47 people hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been 469 total hospitalizations.

Monday, August 17

-- A woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 126. She was from Burleigh County. Additionally, 60 new individuals from 15 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,647. These results were from a pool of 2,703 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.2 percent.

Saturday, August 15

-- 123 new individuals from 22 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,444. These results are from a pool of 6,478 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

Friday, August 14

-- A man in his 90s with underlying health conditions has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota. He was from Grand Forks County. His death brings the statewide death toll to 121.

-- Some members of the Legislature’s Budget Section believe lawmakers should have had more of a say in how federal money from the CARES Act is spent.

Thursday, August 13

-- 201 new COVID-19 cases found while testing capabilities expand in North Dakota.

Wednesday, August 12

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 120. Additionally, 87 new individuals from 19 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus bringing the new statewide positive total to 7,970. These results were from a pool of 4,327 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

Tuesday, August 11

-- At his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Governor Doug Burgum announced a new awareness campaign to encourage North Dakotans to wear face masks to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Five more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide death toll to 118.

Saturday, August 8

-- The state health department is reporting a single-day high of 181 new infections of COVID-19, as two more individuals have passed away with the novel virus. There are 1,128 active confirmed cases - also a new statewide high.

Thursday, August 6

-- The Public Service Commission has given Otter Tail Power Company permission to continue to use estimates on power use by its customers, rather than having to do meter readings. Otter Tail suspended in-person meter readings because of COVID-19 concerns. The PSC action means the utility can continue to do this through September 30th.

Wednesday, August 5

-- The statewide positive total today is 7,057. These results were from a pool of 5,725 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.2 percent.

-- At his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Governor Doug Burgum was asked if he anticipated trouble as schools begin to open for classes in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, August 4

-- North Dakota’s Emergency Commission has approved the spending plan for another $320 million from the federal CARES Act – money for COVID-19 response and recovery.

Monday, August 3

-- 127 new individuals from 28 counties have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the new statewide positive total to 6,785. These results were from a pool of 4,723 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.7 percent.

Friday, July 31

--  The new statewide positive COVID-19 total is 6,469. Burleigh County again had the most reported new cases – with 38 new positives. Cass County had 25 new cases, Stark County had 16, Benson County had 12, and Grand Forks County had ten new cases. There were nine new cases in Ward County, eight in Morton, and seven in Rolette. McLean County had five new cases. Griggs, Richland, and Williams Counties each had four new cases. Mercer and Pierce Counties each had three new cases. Burke, McIntosh, Nelson, Ramsey and Walsh Counties each had two new cases. Billings, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Kidder, Logan, Sioux, Stutsman, Towner, and Wells Counties all had one new case apiece.

Thursday, July 30

-- Teachers, administrators and school boards are working through their plans on how to reopen schools safely this fall, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

-- One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 103. The patient was a woman in her 80s from Ramsey County. She had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 75 new individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state, bringing the statewide positive total to 6,301. These results are from a pool of 3,975 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.9 percent.

-- A new COVID-19 task force is being organized in Burleigh and Morton Counties. This follows a spike in reported cases in that area.

Wednesday, July 29

-- Two more North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 102. The patients were a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions from Cass County, and a man in his 80s with no underlying health conditions from Burleigh County.

Tuesday, July 28

-- A McKenzie County woman in her 20s has become the 100th person to pass away with COVID-19 in North Dakota. She had no underlying health conditions. Additionally, 157 new individuals from 30 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 6,141. These results were from a pool of 4,310 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.6 percent.

-- At his weekly coronavirus briefing, Governor Doug Burgum says over the last seven days North Dakota has reached some sobering milestones.

Monday, July 27

-- Today, 112 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 5,986. These results were from a pool of 4,402 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.5 percent.

Sunday, July 26

-- 141 new individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota. There are currently 985 active cases in the state.

Saturday, July 25

-- 124 new individuals from 28 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota.

Friday, July 24

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 99. Additionally, 124 new individuals from 29 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state, as active cases approach 1,000.

-- North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education is “strongly encouraging” the state’s 11 public colleges and universities to require masks, as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thursday, July 23

-- One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 97. Additionally, 128 new individuals from 21 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. There are now 921 active cases in the state.

Wednesday, July 22

-- Governor Doug Burgum says at this time, he will not be issuing a statewide mask mandate in North Dakota.

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 96. Additionally, 160 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 5,367

Tuesday, July 21

-- Another North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 94. Additionally, 82 new individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 5,207.

Monday, July 20

-- A woman in her 70s from Williams County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 93

Sunday, July 19

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 92. Additionally, 113 individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. These results were from a pool of 5,533 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent. The new statewide positive total is 5,019.

Saturday, July 18

-- 116 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 4,907.

Friday, July 17

-- A woman in her 80s from Cass County has become the 90th individual to pass away with COVID-19 in North Dakota. The state health department says any underlying health conditions she may have had are still unknown. Additionally, 124 new individuals from 22 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide positive total to 4,792. These results were from a pool of 4,135 tests for a daily positive rate of 3 percent.

Thursday, July 16

--A woman in her sixties from Mountrail County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide pandemic death toll to 89.  She had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 104 individuals from 19 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide positive total to 4,668. These results were from a pool of 4,195 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.5 percent

Tuesday, July 14

-- A woman in her 80s from Cass County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide pandemic death toll to 88.

Monday, July 13

-- 108 North Dakotans in 20 counties have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide positive total to 4,442. Today’s results were from a pool of 4,564 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.4 percent.

-- As UND prepares to re-open its campus, students coming or returning to campus this fall will see some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, July 10

--One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 85. The patient was a woman in her 90s with underlying health conditions. She was from Cass County. Additionally, 73 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,917. The results were from a pool of 3,669 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

Thursday, July 9

-- Ninety-nine new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 4,070. The results were from a pool of 5,980 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.7 percent.

Tuesday, July 7

-- The state health department is reporting four additional deaths of individuals who had COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 84.

Monday, July 6

-- Thirty-three new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,849. The results were from a pool of 1,238 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.7 percent. 17 new cases were detected in Cass County. Burleigh County had six new cases, and Grand Forks County had three new cases. Barnes, Cavalier, Ransom, Steele, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh Counties each had one new case. 

Sunday, July 5

-- Thirty-seven new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,816. The results were from a pool of 3,816 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.0 percent.

Friday, July 3

-- Sixty-five new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,722.

Thursday, July 2

-- Forty-three new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,657. The results were from a pool of 3,625 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.2 percent.

Wednesday, July 1

-- One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota. The statewide death toll now stands at 80.

Tuesday, June 30

-- 38 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,576. The results are from a pool of 1,709 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.2 percent.

Monday, June 29

-- North Dakota’s Commerce Department is launching the Economic Resiliency Grant program. It’s being funded by $69 million from the federal CARES Act.

Friday, June 26

-- Twenty-nine new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 3,421.

Thursday, June 25

-- Thirty-two new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,393. The positive results were from a pool of 2,967 tests for a positive rate of 1.1 percent.

-- Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order extending the renewal date for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations that expire on or after March 1 until August 31. In March, Burgum signed the original order for licenses and registrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "This executive order simply adds an end date, compared to what we had before, which was open-ended," Burgum said. "That means on September 1, all North Dakota driver's license and motor vehicle registrations will need to be up to date."

-- North Dakota’s Budget Director said the state is still projected to end the current two year period with money in the bank.

Wednesday, June 24

-- The state health department has confirmed 42 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,362. The positive results were from a pool of 3,945 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.1 percent. 18 new cases were found in Cass County, and 12 were found in Burleigh County. Morton, Pembina, Ramsey and Walsh Counties each had two new cases. Grand Forks, McKenzie, Ransom and Sioux Counties each had one new case.

Tuesday, June 23

-- A woman in her 40s from Cass County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 78. She had underlying health conditions. Additionally, seven new individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. The positive results were from a pool of 327 tests for a positive rate of 2.1 percent.

Monday, June 22

-- Twenty-five new individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The results are from a pool of  2,227 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.1 percent.

Sunday, June 21

-- 77th COVID-19 death; 37 new cases.

Saturday, June 20

-- Twenty-five new COVID-19 infections; active cases below 300.

Friday, June 19

-- Another North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 76. The patient was a woman in her 90s from Cass County. She had underlying health conditions. Additionally, 33 new individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 13 cases were from Cass County, and eight were from Burleigh County. There were three cases from Stark County. Grand Forks and Sioux Counties each had two new cases. There was one new case each in Dunn, McHenry, McKenzie, Pierce, and award Counties.

Thursday, June 18

-- One more COVID-19 death; daily positive rate below 1%.

Wednesday, June 17

-- ND COVID-19: 42 new infections; low trend continues.

-- Advocates for residents of long term care facilities have been asking state officials to tweak some of the provisions outlined in the plan to allow more family visitation, as well as social gatherings inside the facilities.

Tuesday, June 16

-- Twenty-three new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,124.

Monday, June 15

-- North Dakota's coronavirus infection rate is holding steady and low; 22 new infections.

Sunday, June 14

-- 22 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,080. The new cases were from a pool of 2,086 tests for a positive rate of 1.1 percent.

Saturday, June 13

-- Forty-two new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 3,058. The new cases were from a pool of 3,310 tests for a positive rate of 1.3 percent:

  • Burleigh County - 3
  • Cass County – 31
  • Grand Forks County – 1
  • Dickey County – 1
  • LaMoure County – 1
  • Morton County – 1
  • Richland County – 3
  • Ward County - 1

129,794 tests have been administered in all. 85,873 were done on unique individuals. 35 people are currently hospitalized. There have been 197 total hospitalizations, 2,630 recoveries, and 74 deaths. This leaves 354 active cases.

Friday, June 12

-- Thirty-six new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive count to 3,016.

-- Governor Doug Burgum said the idea of state employees working remotely will likely continue, even after the coronavirus pandemic eases.

Thursday, June 11

-- ND COVID-19: One additional death, 39 new cases, active cases hover below 400.

Wednesday, June 10

-- One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 73.

Tuesday, June 9

-- Twenty-two new cases of COVD-19 detected as active cases fall below 400.

-- The chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation saids so far, banks have weathered the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, June 8

-- Nineteen more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 2,880. 1,415 tests were administered, for a daily positive rate of 1.3 percent. Eight cases were in Stutsman County, while six were in Cass County. Grand Forks and Wells Counties each had two cases, and one case was detected in Burleigh County.

115,259 total tests have been completed, with 80,180 of those tests done on unique individuals.

Sunday, June 7

-- The state health department has confirmed 45 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota. The statewide positive total is now 2,861.

Saturday, June 6

-- ND Health: one more death, 71 new cases of COVID-19.

Friday, June 5

-- Five more North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 71. The patients include a man in his 90s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 70s all from Cass County. They all had underlying health conditions. A man in his 60s from Grand Forks County also passed away. Additionally, 40 new individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus out of a pool of 2,624 tests for a positive rate of 1.5 percent.

Thursday, June 4

-- Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases in North Dakota as numbers continue downward trend

Wednesday, June 3

-- Former UND interim President Joshua Wynne believes it will be safe to bring students back to campus this fall.

-- One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 66. The patient was a man in his 70s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. The state health department has confirmed 33 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus. The new positives are from a pool of 2,626 tests for a positive rate of 1.3 percent.

Tuesday, June 2

-- Four more North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 65.

Monday, June 1

-- North Dakota Health Department: 48 new COVID-19 cases.

Sunday, May 31

-- One more COVID-19 death, 23 new cases as rate of infection in North Dakota trends downward.

Saturday, May 30

-- The statewide death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Dakota is now 60 after one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 60s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. The state health department has confirmed an additional 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a statewide positive total of 2,552.

Friday, May 29

-- As the Burgum dministration looks at reinstating visitation in long term care facilities, AARP is urging that be done in careful adherence to CMS guidelines, to ensure the health of staff, visitors and residents.

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 59.

Thursday, May 28

-- North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 57 after one more individual passed away with the novel coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 80s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. 42 new individuals from six counties have also tested positive for COVID-19. 36 were from Cass County, two were from Burleigh County. Grand Forks, Richland, Traill and Ward Counties all had one new case. The positive results were from a pool of 1,978 tests for a positive rate of 2.1 percent.

Wednesday, May 27

-- The State Health Department has confirmed two additional deaths and 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus. 

Tuesday, May 26

-- Allowing family visits in long-term care facilities could be a phased-in process.

-- Forty-three new cases of COVID-19 from four North Dakota counties have been confirmed by the state health department. There were 38 new cases in Cass County and three new cases in Grand Forks County. Rolette and Walsh Counties each reported one new case.

Monday, May 25

-- A woman in her 80s from Cass County has died with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 54. She had underlying health conditions. Three counties reported 40 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus. 37 of the new cases were from Cass County. Grand Forks County had two new cases, and Ransom County had one new case. The positive cases were from a pool of 2,043 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

Sunday, May 24

--ND health department: 53 COVID-19 deaths in total, 2418 positives overall. 

Saturday, May 23

-- State health department confirms 49 additional cases of COVID-19.

Friday, May 22

-- Nine counties are reporting new cases of the novel coronavirus today. Out of a pool of 2,477 tests, 90 people tested positive. 74 new cases were from Cass County. There were six new cases in Eddy County, three in Williams County and two in Burleigh County. Emmons, Grand Forks, Griggs, Richland and Ward Counties each had one new case. One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 52.

Thursday, May 21

-- Post pandemic: Will some state employees continue to work from home?

-- Record 134 new cases of COVID-19 found.

Wednesday, May 20

-- The state Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Long Term Care Association are working on protocols to start allowing people in those facilities to receive visitors.

-- Since the coronavirus pandemic began, North Dakota has seen more than 79,000 claims for unemployment. And the state’s unemployment trust fund has paid out nearly $279 million in claims. But over the past week, the number of claims has dropped by nearly 2400.

-- Four new COVID-19 deaths; new cases top 102.

Tuesday, May 19

-- Out of 1,190 tests for the novel coronavirus yesterday, 63 additional people have tested positive. Fifty-six of the new cases were from Cass County. Another person from Cass County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 45. The patient was a man in his 90s.

Monday, May 18

-- One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 44. The patient was a woman in her 90s from Ramsey County. 

Sunday, May 17

-- One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 43. The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County who had underlying health conditions. 52 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed by the state health department, out of 2,558 tests completed yesterday. 1,734 of those tested were tested for the first time. 

Saturday, May 16

-- A total of 88 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide overall positive count to 1,848. Cass County alone had 75 new cases. Grand Forks County had 8 new cases, Burleigh County had three new cases, and Mountail County had two new cases. A total of 2,861 tests were completed yesterday, with 1,772 of them being unique. 5 percent of them tested positve. 63,353 tests have been completed in all, with 53,487 of them being unique.

Friday, May 15

-- North Dakota is looking into expanding lab capacity for COVID-19 testing with private companies.

-- Another round of testing for COVID-19 was held Thursday for the Grand Forks region. The goal for the day was to perform 500 tests.

Thursday, May 14

-- Another 67 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 1,712. 1,366 individuals were tested yesterday. The daily positive rate of completed tests was 4.9 percent. 50,311 tests have been completed overall.

Wednesday, May 13

-- The positive percentage rate has risen above 6% for the second day in a row-- today’s rate is 6.8%.

Tuesday, May 12

-- Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 38. The patients were both from Cass County. One was a woman in her 100s, and the other was a woman in her 70s. Both had underlying health conditions.

Monday, May 11

-- The North Dakota State Fair has been cancelled.

-- 27 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 1,491. The positive tests came from a pool of 936 tests completed yesterday. There have been 44,869 tests in all.

-- Governor Doug Burgum has issued an executive order that will allow for a "soft opening" of school buildings for summer activities.

Sunday, May 10

-- Twenty-seven new cases of COVID-19 today.

Saturday, May 9

-- 1,464 people were tested yesterday. 43,933 people have been tested overall. There have been 110 total hospitalizations due to COVID-19. 34 people remain hospitalized. There have been 762 recoveries. Two more North Dakotans have passed away due to COVID-19, with 40 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus. The new statewide death toll is 35.

Friday, May 8

-- Two more individuals have passed away from complications of COVID-19, with another 54 new people testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

-- Governor Doug Burgum says a non-profit research institute has come up with a way to decontaminate personal protective equipment, and it's coming to North Dakota.

Thursday, May 7

-- Local school districts may hold graduation ceremonies in school buildings, but there will be some limitations.

-- A new Red River Valley COVID 19 task force has been formed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in the Fargo area.

-- Forty-nine additional people from 15 North Dakota counties have tested positive for COVID-19. 

-- The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis believes an economic recovery will take some time, but for the long-term, he’s bullish on the economy.

 

Wednesday, May 6

-- Six people have died from complications associated with COVID-19, according to the state health department, while 57 additional individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The statewide death toll now stands at 31. This is the single deadliest day recorded in North Dakota since the pandemic began.

-- North Dakota is seen as a national leader in contact tracing.

Tuesday, May 5

-- Forty-one new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 1,266. Yesterday, 1,667 people were tested. In all, 36,421 tests have been administered in the state.

Monday, May 4

-- Thirty-four new individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The state health department confirmed the cases out of 1,401 people tested. There were 25 cases in Cass County, three in Burleigh County, and two each in Grand Forks, Morton and Stark Counties.

--At his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Doug Burgum announced that the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will be re-opening state park campgrounds beginning May 9, with restrictions.

Sunday, May 3

-- Another person has passed away due to complications of the novel coronavirus in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 25. The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. In addition, 38 new individuals tested positive for COVID-19. Thirty-three of the new cases were from Cass County, 2 were from Grand Forks County, and one each were from Stark, Stutsman and Williams Counties. The new statewide positive total stands at 1,191.

Saturday, May 2

-- One more person has passed away from complications of the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. The patient was a man in his 70s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. Out of 2,022 individuals tested for COVID-19 yesterday, 46 people tested positive.

Friday, May 1

-- Four more people have passed away due to complications of the novel coronavirus in North Dakota, marking the single deadliest day since the pandemic began. The patients were all from Cass County. They were a man in his 90s, and three women in their 70s, 80s and 90s respectively. Each patient had underlying health conditions. 23 people in all have died.

-- Governor Doug Burgum says schools in North Dakota will continue with distance learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

Thursday, April 30

-- Thirty-four new individuals from five counties have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the new statewide positive total to 1,067.

-- As businesses like restaurants and salons gear up for limited openings tomorrow, Governor Doug Burgum is asking patrons of those businesses to have patience with the new operating guidelines.

Wednesday, April 29

-- Forty-three additional people have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 1,033.

Tuesday, April 28

-- Governor Burgum is planning a phased re-opening of businesses on Friday.

-- The state health department confirmed 49 additional cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota today, bringing the total statewide total of positives to 991.

-- Here are the guidelines for re-opening businesses that were shut down last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, April 27

-- The state health department is reporting two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 19.

-- The plan to re-open North Dakota's economy is built upon eight conditions. The first condition, which Governor Burgum says is being met and exceeded, is widespread, rapid testing.

Sunday, April 26

-- A woman in her 80s from Cass County has passed away from complications of COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 18. She had underlying health conditions. Four counties in North Dakota are reporting new cases of the novel coronavirus. 40 of those new cases are in Cass County, 22 are in Grand Forks County, and one each are in Ransom and Stark Counties. Today's positive total in all is 64 cases. There have been 867 positives overall.

Saturday, April 25

-- One more person has passed away due to COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 16. The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County with underlying health conditions. 1,901 people were tested for the novel coronavirus yesterday, with 56 new positive cases confirmed, bringing the new statewide total to 803.

Friday, April 24

-- Thirty-nine new people have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the state’s total confirmed positive case count to 748.

-- The CEO of the Bank of North Dakota says the state owned bank wants to help local businesses who were left out of assistance from federal PPP loans.

Thursday, April 23

-- The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed its fifteenth death due to COVID-19. The patient was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions. She was from Cass County. Thirty-two more individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus yesterday, bringing the new statewide total to 709.

Wednesday, April 22

-- A fourteenth person has passed away from complications of COVID-19 in North Dakota. The patient was a man in his 40s with underlying health conditions. He was from Cass County.

-- The North Dakota National Guard is helping with efforts to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in North Dakota.

Tuesday, April 21

-- Governor Burgum said the state’s Industrial Commission will meet later today to consider an emergency order to classify oil and gas produced at a loss to be considered a "waste" to prevent companies from being forced to produce at a loss, protect the economic health of producers, and help prevent bankruptcies.

-- A program announced by the USDA will provide $19 billion to support agriculture producers

-- Eighteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota since yesterday, bringing the new statewide total to 644.

-- Gov. Doug Burgum thinks there’s a possibility that federal stimulus dollars could be used to help restart North Dakota’s oil industry, once demand rises and prices recover.

-- Governor Burgum says the "disappointing" low number of tests reported in today's COVID-19 status report could be due to lagging weekend data.

Monday, April 20

-- A total of 128 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection to an outbreak at LM Wind Power in Grand Forks.

-- Three more people have passed away from complications of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 13. The patients were all from Cass County with underlying health conditions. They include a man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman her in 90s.

-- In his briefing today, Governor Burgum said the state will be following its own North Dakota Smart Restart plan as it relates to White House guidelines, on its own timetable. He says any business that was not closed due to executive order may open at any time on their own with their own protocols.

Sunday, April 19

-- A tenth person has passed away in North Dakota due to COVID-19. The patient was a woman in her 70s from Cass County with underlying health conditions. Fifty-seven additional cases of the novel coronavirus were conformed by the state health department, bringing the overall state total to 585.

Saturday, April 18

-- Ninety new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, 68 in Grand Forks alone, bringing the new statewide positive total to 528.

Friday, April 17

-- A Fargo nursing home has had a cluster of positive test results for COVID-19. Eventide Senior Living Center in Fargo has reported 13 positive cases.

-- The state health department is reporting 46 new cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, with the overall statewide total of positive cases rising to 439.

-- A demonstration project is underway in the Grand Forks area to show how unmanned aerial vehicles could be used to fight viruses such as COVID-19: to spray water and disinfectants to stop and kill the virus; to use the drones to deliver medical supplies; and to use drones to detect if people are running fevers.

Thursday, April 16

-- As people around the US take up measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, officials with North Dakota’s Native American population are also sending the message – take this seriously. Reporter Todd McDonald has details.

-- The North Dakota Department of Health reports 28 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since yesterday, the largest single day positive total on record. One of the cases is a male child aged 0-9 who acquired the virus via close contact.

-- Governor Burgum says data from this week's COVID-19 testing indicates North Dakota is still on an upward trend in cases of the virus - but so is the state's testing capabilities.

-- Technology is giving healthcare workers and patients a new, safe option.

Wednesday, April 15

-- Twently-four new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health, bringing the statewide total to 365.

-- Job Service-North Dakota has been working to process unemployment claims as that number nears the 50,000 mark. "Before this pandemic started, we were getting 80 claims a day," director Bryan Klipfel said.

-- Governor Doug Burgum's initial executive order that closed businesses in North Dakota — like gyms, dine-in restaurants and non-essential services — expires on April 20th. But today Burgum said he is extending the closure for an additional ten days.

Tuesday, April 14

-- A ninth North Dakotan has passed away from complications of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 in North Dakota. The patient was a man in his 80s from Morton County who contracted the virus via close contact. He had underlying health conditions.

-- At his daily briefing, Burgum said a "surge plan" is in place for North Dakota. He also said the state continues to rank in the top ten states for its testing per capita. The state has yet to reach a peak in cases.

Monday, April 13

-- Twenty-three new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department today. The new statewide total is 331.

-- On today's Main Street's COVID-19 Town Hall: Dr. Paul Carson, Professor of Practice at NDSU and director of infection prevention and control at Sanford Health in Fargo; and Dr. Donald Warne, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UND, Director of the Indians Into Medicine and Master of Public Health Programs at UND, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

Sunday, April 12

-- An eighth North Dakotan has passed away from complications due to the novel coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. He was from Ward County. The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed fifteen new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 308. 270 individuals were tested yesterday. 

-- What is the role of philosophy during a global crisis? Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany as they explore foresight, redemption, and societal values on Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life. 

Saturday, April 11

-- A seventh person has passed away due to complications from COVID-19 in North Dakota. The patient was a woman in her 70s from Cass County with underlying health conditions. She acquired the virus via community spread.

Friday, April 10

-- A sixth North Dakotan has passed away from complications due to the novel coronavirus. The patient was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions. He was from Stark County. The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 278.

-- Governor Burgum said when bars and restaurants re-open, there will likely be some occupancy limits at first, but easing over time.

-- Dismal. That’s how North Dakota Aeronautics Commission executive director Kyle Wanner describes the state of air travel in North Dakota and around the country because of COVID-19.

Thursday, April 9

-- The First Lady of North Dakota wants people to know there are resources for anyone struggling with behavioral health issues.

-- A fifth person has passed away due to the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. The patient was a man in his 60s from Stark County who acquired the disease via community spread. He had underlying health conditions.

-- The superintendent of the State Hospital in Jamestown said her facility has actually seen a drop in both general admissions and in traffic to the behavioral health clinics.

-- The Burgum administration has made some modifications to a “travel quarantine” order, after Minnesota was named a “hot spot” for COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control.

Wednesday, April 8

-- Fourteen additional North Dakotans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 251. Sixteen new recoveries.

-- The current state budget uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices hearkens back to 2015-2016.

-- On COVID-19: A Main Street Interactive Town Hall, today we discussed the challenge of schooling during a pandemic as students across the state go online for learning with Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and Jeffrey Holm, UND Vice Provost for Online Education and Strategic Planning.

Tuesday, April 7

-- At his briefing today, Governor Burgum said yesterday's positive testing rate was 2.4 percent, which is below the state's usual average. He also introduced an app that uses anonymous data to log where you've been and for how long, so contact tracers can efficiently find where a patient was exposed to the virus.

-- Mick Beltz is coordinator of medical ethics instruction for the UND School of Medicine. He joined us on Main Street to discuss the ethical dilemmas that can arise when there’s not enough resources to go around in this era of pandemic. 

-- Popular columnist Dr. Michael Rosmann discusses behavioral health on the farm during these tough times of low prices coupled with the pressures of pandemic.

-- The executive director of the North Dakota Racing Commission is looking at televising the horse races from both Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, and the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo.

Monday, April 6

-- Eighteen additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department, bringing the statewide total to 225. There have been 32 total hospitalizations, 18 of which are still hospitalized. There have been 74 recoveries and three deaths.

-- At his daily COVID-19 briefing this afternoon, Governor Doug Burgum said tomorrow's test result numbers will include one more death related to the novel coronavirus. Burgum says the death was a man in his 70s from Emmons County who acquired the virus by community spread. The statewide death total now stands at four.

-- To quote North Dakota agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring, “calves are born and seed needs to go in the ground. Agriculture does not respect a pandemic.”  He and Bette Brand, USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary, join us for a Main Street town hall, where we discuss the issues facing agriculture and rural communities.

Sunday, April 5

-- Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health, bringing the statewide total to 207.

-- On Main Street Weekend, Professor David Flynn, who chairs the Department of Economics and Finance at UND, discusses the double-whammy North Dakota faces from low oil prices and the pandemic, and Shawn Kessel of the North Dakota Department of Commerce tells us about their survey that seeks to better understand how the pandemic is impacting businesses.

Saturday, April 4

-- Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department, bringing the new statewide total to 186.

Friday, April 3

-- Governor Burgum has announced a COVID-19 surveillance testing pilot program taking place in two small communities this weekend. He says this isn't happening anywhere else in the country. 

-- Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department, bringing the statewide total to 173.

-- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said during the Coronavirus outbreak, scammers are also out there, hoping to take advantage of people already on edge because of the pandemic.

-- Calls to quite smoking and vaping during the pandemic may be working.

Thursday, April 2

-- Gov. Doug Burgum has extended the closure order for certain businesses until April 20, and has shortened the wait time for jobless benefits.

-- The state health department has confirmed an additional twelve cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide total to 159.

-- In his daily briefing, Gov. Doug Burgum said North Dakota does lag behind other states in terms of how prevalent infections are, but we are only a couple weeks behind. He says the work being done now is vital to slow the spread.

Wednesday, April 1

-- At a briefing, the governor announced that the state has activated a Workforce Coordination Center

-- The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed 5 additional cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the daily total to 21 and the statewide total to 147.

-- Governor Burgum says the peak of cases hitting the state could still be weeks away, so aggressive testing continues to be more and more important.

Tuesday, March 31

-- 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

-- 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.

-- 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.

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

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

-- 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

-- Twenty-eight 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

-- Burleigh County announces restrictions on courthouse access.

Thursday, March 19

-- 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.

5:01am -- Fargo Diocese cancels Masses.

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 18.

2:04pm -- Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton is 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.