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17 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed today

12 hours ago

Governor Doug Burgum says today's positive test count for COVID-19 is the second highest since the disease came to North Dakota. 17 cases have been confirmed today, bringing the statewide total to 126.

Burgum says 384 more tests were performed today over yesterday. He says per capita, North Dakota remains in the top ten of states performing the most tests. 

He says while today's numbers might be alarming, the data is fluid and reflects positive people who were tested about ten days or so ago. And it terms of cases, he says North Dakota is still on an upward trajectory.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Professor David Flynn chairs the Department of Economics and Finance at UND. He joins us to discuss the double-whammy North Dakota faces from low oil prices and the pandemic. The state will be facing a sharp decline in revenue, and likely higher expenses. ~~~  New York is the epicenter of COVID-19 in the US. Former MSUM professor Jennifer Tuttle now lives in Queens, teaching theatre in New York City. She shares what it’s like in NYC right now.  ~~~ The television service of Prairie Public is now offering special weekday afternoon programming on the World Channel called “At Home Learning.” It features science and history education oriented towards grades 6-12. Joining us to discuss this and other resources available for kids and teachers at home is Tim Wollenzien.

ND Health Department: 13 new COVID-19 cases in the state

18 hours ago

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.

The cases include:

Monday, March 30, 2020 - Our March Journalists Roundtable with news director Dave Thompson will feature special guests Renée Jean, assistant managing editor of the Williston Herald; and Matt Von Pinnon, editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

A third North Dakotan has died of COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

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.

Second person dies of COVID-19 in ND; 109 total cases

Mar 30, 2020

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.

The cases include:

Bismarck schools ready for distance learning

Mar 30, 2020

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.

Once Governor Burgum ordered school buildings closed, and told local school districts to work on alternative methods of delivering classes, the district went to work.

"It's a pretty comprehensive plan," said BPS director of professional learning Brittany Upton. "It covers everything from operations, instructional plans, health and wellness."

Sunday, March 29 - On our Sunday morning show, we’ll get an update on developments with the COVID-19 pandemic from our news director, Dave Thompson. ~~~ We’ll hear about the impact of the pandemic on the Great Plains Food Bank from its president, Melissa Sobolik.~~~  Clay Jenkinson will talk about his new book, Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena.

98 cases of COVID-19 in ND, 17 hospitalizations

Mar 29, 2020

Four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in North Dakota by the state health department, bringing the statewide total to 98.

They include:

A man in his 30s from Stark County, possible travel
A woman in her 40s from Cass County, community spread
A woman in her 30s from Cass County, under investigation
A man in his 80s from Morton County, under investigation

One additional hospitalization has occurred since yesterday, bringing the total to 17. To date, 3,453 tests have been performed. There have been 18 recoveries.

94 cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota

Mar 28, 2020

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

The cases include: