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The Legislature’s Budget Section has okayed the repurposing of $16 million in CARES Act funding from a program to reclaim oil wells to paying for fracking crews.

The original budget was $66 million for the reclamation project.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms told the Budget Section the plan was to frack up to 80 wells. And he said that could keep people employed in the oil industry in the Bakken.

12 deaths, 781 new COVID-19 cases

Oct 28, 2020

The state health department has confirmed twelve more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 488.

 

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City of Bismarck

Bismarck has become the latest North Dakota city to adopt a mask mandate, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The vote was 3 to 2.

The mandate does not have any penalties.

Commissioner Nancy Guy said she proposed the mandate, because she fears if Bismarck and Burleigh County don’t reduce the positivity rate, businesses and schools could again face shutdowns.

"We're not getting the job done," Guy said. "We don't have enough people doing it (wearing masks), in order for it to be making a difference."

15 deaths, nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases across the state

Oct 27, 2020

The state health department has confirmed fifteen additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 476.

 

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Dr. Birx encourages mask wearing during Bismarck visit

Oct 26, 2020
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

The White House’s top adviser on COVID-19 has a message for the people of North Dakota: Wear a mask, to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr. Deborah Birx was in Bismarck on Monday to meet with community, tribal and state health officials. She said she is concerned about North Dakota’s increase in case numbers and deaths from the virus. And she said she's concerned that with the colder weather, more people will be indoors, and that could mean more spread.

The state health department has confirmed five additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 461.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Man in his 70s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 70s from Cass County.
  • Man in his 80s from Ramsey County.
  • Man in his 30s from Sioux County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Williams County.

 

The state health department has confirmed eight additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 456.

 

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936 new COVID-19 cases, nine more deaths

Oct 24, 2020

The state health department has confirmed eight additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 448.

 

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Nine more deaths, 886 new COVID-19 cases

Oct 23, 2020

The state health department has confirmed nine additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 440.

 

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The state health department has confirmed nine additional deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 431.

 

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