North Dakota's COVID-19 total rises to 33 | Prairie Public Broadcasting

North Dakota's COVID-19 total rises to 33

Mar 23, 2020

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

Governor Doug Burgum says one is a woman in her 30s from Burleigh County. Another is a Walsh County man in his 70s. The third positive case is from Cass County, and details on that case are still pending.

Burgum says to date about 1,440 patients in North Dakota have been tested for COVID-19. Tests have been collected from 48 out of 53 counties. He says the low number of positive tests over the weekend may be due to some patients not getting to a facility during weekend hours, but as of now there are adequate testing supplies in the state.

He says criteria to be tested includes – anyone with symptoms who has been in contact with a confirmed positive case, has traveled to a “hot zone,” or is a medical worker who has been in contact with patients with symptoms. He says anyone wishing to be tested should call their providers before going in.

Burgum says efforts to encourage “social distancing” and staying home is put forth in order to “flatten the curve” of patients entering the health care system to be treated for COVID-19. He says he recognizes the measures being taken are causing hardship – but the state is likely benefitting from them already.