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Find our Coronavirus live blog here, updated with daily positive totals and news from around the state.

Burgum: our efforts are working

Apr 8, 2020

Governor Doug Burgum says actions taken in North Dakota to flatten the curve are working.

At his daily briefing this afternoon, Burgum says the record number of 835 tests taken yesterday did include numbers from the surveillance project over the weekend. But with only 14 positive results, the positive rate was only 1.6 percent. Burgum says this information is valuable going forward as work continues to "flatten the curve" and reserve medical care for those who will need it most.

14 new COVID-19 cases; 16 new recoveries

Apr 8, 2020

Fourteen additional North Dakotans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 251.

The state health department says with 98 recoveries, that leaves 149 active cases. There have been four deaths.

The new cases include:

At his daily briefing today, Governor Doug Burgum said he is pleased with North Dakota's testing rate for COVID-19. He says the state is getting into a good position to handle a surge of patients who fall ill with the novel cornavirus.


  Mick Beltz is coordinator of medical ethics instruction for the UND School of Medicine. He joins us to discuss the ethical dilemmas that can arise when there’s not enough resources to go around in this era of pandemic. And he answers the question of whether ethics calls for medical professionals to put themselves in harm’s way during a pandemic.

Popular columnist Dr. Michael Rosmann joins us to discuss behavioral health on the farm during these tough times of low prices coupled with the pressures of pandemic.

12 additional COVID-19 cases; 1 new death

Apr 7, 2020

The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed 12 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 237.


490 individuals were tested yesterday. 


As Governor Doug Burgum said at his daily briefing yesterday, a fourth death due to the novel coronavirus was also confirmed. The patient was a man in his 70s from Emmons County, who had underlying health conditions.


The new positive cases include:


Monday, April 6, 2020 - To quote North Dakota agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring, “calves are born and seed needs to go in the ground. Agriculture does not respect a pandemic.”  He and Bette Brand, USDA Rural Development Deputy Undersecretary, join us for a Main Street town hall, where we discuss the issues facing agriculture and rural communities, and we’ll take your calls and emails.

Burgum: one more death; anyone positive must quarantine

Apr 6, 2020

At his daily COVID-19 briefing this afternoon, Governor Doug Burgum said tomorrow's test result numbers will include one more death related to the novel coronavirus.

Burgum says the death was a man in his 70s from Emmons County who acquired the virus by community spread. The statewide death total now stands at four.

18 new COVID-19 cases in ND; 11 in Cass County alone

Apr 6, 2020

18 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the state health department, bringing the statewide total to 225.


426 individuals were tested yesterday. 


The new positive cases include:


21 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health, bringing the statewide total to 207.


This daily total is a new record high. 580 people were tested yesterday.


The new positive cases include: