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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:

Governor Walz of Minnesota has issued a Stay at Home executive order. But what does that mean if you’re homeless? Joining us to discuss the challenges being faced by homeless shelters is Sue Koesterman, executive director of Churches United for the Homeless.

ND's statewide COVID-19 total reaches 83

Mar 28, 2020

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

The cases include:

Friday, March 27 - We suspend our usual Friday movie review to have a more comprehensive conversation with reviewer Matt Olien about the impact the pandemic is having on the release of films and the film industry in general.~~~ Dave Thompson is here for our weekly conversation about the latest news. ~~~ Governor Walz of Minnesota has issued a Stay at Home executive order. But what does that mean if you’re homeless? Joining us to discuss the challenges being faced by homeless shelters is Sue Koesterman, executive director of Churches United for the Homeless.

North Dakota has 68 COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Mar 27, 2020

Governor Doug Burgum says North Dakota's first death due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has occurred. "Today's a sad day for North Dakota," Burgum said. "While we knew this day was coming, it doesn't diminish the profound impact on a family in North Dakota losing a family member, a friend, a loved one."

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