Coronavirus | Prairie Public Broadcasting


More resources: 

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

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction recently sent out guidelines for schools as they deal with concerns over the coronavirus. Joining us to discuss those guidelines and some of the issues schools are facing is department superintendent Kirsten Baesler.

Monday, March 16, 2020 – From the Conversations on Healthcare Podcast, we hear from Dr. Joseph Kvedar, a pioneer in the telehealth movement and president-elect of the American Telemedicine Association. He visits with hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter about the evolving role of telehealth and remote monitoring, especially against the backdrop of the current pandemic. ~~~ Tom Isern shares a Plains Folk essay that remembers Hazel Miner on the 100th anniversary of the great blizzard that took the young heroine’s life. ~~~ In a story that first aired on All Things Considered, NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch about her new book Yellow Bird. It follows the story of a Native American woman and her quest to find a missing oil worker on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. ~~~ From the UND Presidential Podcast, Interim President Joshua Wynne sits down with Associate Dean Dr. Don Warne, director of the Indians into Medicine and the Public Health programs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also talks with Dr. Nicole Redvers, assistant professor in the INMED program. The three talk about the spread of COVID-19 and the challenges the disease presents for underserved communities.

Scammers will capitalize on COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020

Over the next several days, weeks and possibly months, consumers should be on high alert for scams related to COVID-19.

This, according to North Dakota's Director of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust Division. Parrell Grossman says scammers will no doubt capitalize on this rapidly changing situation, and the scam variations will be endless.

The president of the organization that represents teachers in North Dakota said he believes Gov. Burgum and state school superintendent Kirsten Baesler did the right thing by closing schools for five days – in response to the coronavirus.

"It was encouraging to see that the Governor and his team, and Superintendent Baesler put the health and safety of the students and teachers first," said NDU president Nick Archuleta. "I think our teachers are by and large very appreciative of that."

Burgum orders schools closed for the week

Mar 16, 2020

Gov. Doug Burgum has issued an executive order, closing North Dakota schools from today through Friday.

Burgum said that will give local schools time to prepare plans to deal with a potential spread of the coronavirus. So far, only one person has tested positive for the disease, and more than 100 tests have come back negative. But Burgum said there is still a lack of data about it – so he wants to have plans to slow down the spread of the disease.

Dave Thompson

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a “State of Emergency” in North Dakota because of the COVID-19 virus.

"But I want to make sure that everyone who hears the words 'state of emergency' — that might provoke a certain image in in your mind," Burgum told Bismarck reporters. "But because North Dakota is so well-prepared, we'd like to actually declare a 'state of calm.'"

Burgum said that’s because North Dakota has had only one confirmed case of the virus. A Minot man contracted the virus while on a West Coast trip. He's at home recovering, and was not hospitalized.

COVID-19: How will it affect the economy?

Mar 13, 2020

A University of North Dakota economist says as the environment becomes more high risk in regard to the circulation of COVID-19, it will translate to volatility within the national and local economies.

David Flynn chairs the Department of Economics at UND. He says this volatility translates to uncertainty within financial markets, shopping behaviors and a lot of decisions being made with less than full information. He says this creates more issues for the public to deal with.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Gov. Doug Burgum said North Dakota has always been a place where neighbors care about neighbors.

"Often that caring has been, if there's a crisis or a situation, part of what we do is, everybody comes over with a hotdish," Burgum said. "Everybody knocks on the door, and said, 'What can we do? How can we help?'"

But Burgum said with the coronavirus threat, neighbors can be a little more cautious, but still can be neighborly.

"In some cases, it might be better to call that neighbor, rather than just drop by," Burgum said.

Minnesota governer proposes supplemental budget plan

Mar 12, 2020

Minnesota's governor has released a supplemental budget proposal for this year.

Tim Walz says Minnesota is in a good place financially, but he has suspected since November of last year that an economic downturn may be imminent. What he says he did not expect was COVID-19.

North Dakota has first 'presumptive' Coronavirus case

Mar 12, 2020
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

North Dakota has its first “presumptive” case of coronavirus.

A Minot man – in his 60s – tested positive for the virus. He’s not hospitalized – and is staying home.

Gov. Doug Burgum told reporters the man was travelling on the West Coast, when he determined he had been in contact with a person who was infected.

"This is called 'travel contact,'" Burgum said. "And this is a piece of good news, because we actually know who the person had contact with and how they contracted it."