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  The North Dakota Department of Commerce wants to better understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses. Here to explain the purpose of the survey, invite businesses to participate, and discuss the support available is Shawn Kessel, deputy commerce commissioner. You can take the survey here. This aired on April 2nd and may have dated information.

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Dennis Woltering is a retired television reporter and anchor who worked in North Dakota for several years. He joins us today from his home in New Orleans, one of the nation’s hotspots for COVID-19. This was recorded on March 31 and will have dated information regarding case numbers.

New York is the epicenter of Co-vid 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. This was recorded on March 31st, and may have dated references.

Over 800 tested, 14 positive for COVID-19 in ND

Apr 3, 2020

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

The cases include:

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.

Stenehjem told reporters one of the newest scams has to do with the forthcoming federal assistance checks individuals will be receiving from the federal government.

"These scams are claiming that you need to pay a fee, and submit certain information, in order to get your check," Stenehjem said. "Or this can help speed things along."

Gov. Doug Burgum said it comes down to “personal responsibility.”

Burgum has been encouraging North Dakotans to practice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, as the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Those include social distancing, staying six feet away from everyone, having social gatherings of no more than 10 people, frequent hand washing, staying home when you’re sick, and traveling only when absolutely necessary.

Burgum has so far resisted calls to put a “stay-at-home” order in place, as other Governors have done.

During several of his COVID-19 briefings, Gov. Doug Burgum would occasionally put in a pitch for people to quit smoking – or quit vaping.

"COVID-19 is a respiratory disease," Burgum said at one of the briefings. "There's never been a better time to quit smoking or quit vaping than right now."

So we wondered – if this pandemic may mean an increase in people accessing the ND Quit line. And the director of Tobacco Free North Dakota – Neil Charvat – said “yes.”

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A Bismarck real estate agent and his family have come up with a way to support local restaurants during the pandemic.

Restaurants are closed for inside dining. They are allowed to offer take-out services.

Cam Knutson said he’s been at home, watching the news about the virus – and wondering if there was a way he could help. Then he received a call from a friend.

"That friend happened to be the former mayor of Bismarck, Mike Seminary," Knutson said. "Mike had called to say, 'How do we get industry to step up and help?'

Sunday, April 5, at 5pm:

Tune in for "Coronavirus: A Weekly Report From NPR News"

Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 - The North Dakota Department of Commerce wants to better understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses. Here to explain the purpose of the survey, invite businesses to participate, and discuss the support available is Shawn Kessel, deputy commerce commissioner. You can take the survey here.  ~~~ Wendy Ross, superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where admission is free during this time of social distancing. ~~~ Sue Balcom is here for another episode of Main Street Eats, a timely conversation about a well-stocked pantry.

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