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A state senator has introduced a bill to make the State Health Officer and the director of the Department of Human Services elected positions.

Right now, both are appointed.

Sen. Jason Heitkamp (R-Wyndmere) said the suggestion comes from a constituent. He said the Health Officer has a lot of power, as evidenced by the orders during the pandemic emergency.

"If the state health officer has the power to shut down a lot of our state, it should be elected," Heitkamp said.

Four deaths, 135 new coronavirus cases in ND

Jan 26, 2021

The state health department has confirmed four more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,415.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Man in his 60s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 60s from Cass County.
  • Woman in her 90s from Golden Valley County.
  • Man in his 80s from Stark County.

 

Vaccine rollout continues

Jan 25, 2021

North Dakota has so far received just fewer than 93,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, nearly 75,000 doses have been administered.

According to the state health department's COVID-19 vaccine dashboard, an additional 17,200 doses of the vaccine have arrived in North Dakota over the last week.

Just over 54,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine, while about 13,000 people have received both doses.

There are currently 391 enrolled provider sites that are approved for vaccine distribution in the state.

ND Health Dept: 58 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 25, 2021

58 new individuals from 17 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 96,874.

 

These results were from a pool of 2,144 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.14 percent.

 

46 of those positives were PCR tests, and 12 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

·         Adams County -  2

·         Bottineau County - 1

99 new COVID-19 cases detected

Jan 24, 2021

99 new individuals from 21 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 96,817.

 

These results were from a pool of 3,079 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.7 percent.

 

76 of those positives were PCR tests, and 23 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

·        Bottineau County - 2

·        Bowman County – 3

Eight COVID-19 deaths, 169 new cases

Jan 23, 2021

The state health department has confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,411.

 

The patients were:

 

196 new COVID-19 cases, three more confirmed dead

Jan 22, 2021

The state health department has confirmed three more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,403.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Man in his 40s from Benson County.
  • Woman in her 50s from Cass County.
  • Man in his 80s from Morton County.

 

Deaths are reported to the state health department by facilities or by official death record, and can take up to ten days to be confirmed. 

13 deaths confirmed; 152 new COVID-19 cases

Jan 21, 2021

The state health department has confirmed thirteen more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,400.

 

The patients were:

 

·         Woman in his 80s from Barnes County.  

·         Man in his 80s from Burleigh County. 

·         Woman in her 60s from Burleigh County. 

·         Woman in her 70s from Cass County. 

·         Man in his 90s from Golden Valley County. 

158 new COVID-19 cases, one death

Jan 20, 2021

The state health department has confirmed one more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,387.

 

The patients were:

 

-Man in his 40s from Ramsey County.

 

Deaths are reported to the state health department by facilities or by official death record, and can take up to ten days to be confirmed. 

 

A Fargo lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to help smaller retailers survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I kind of call it the 'Renaissnace for the Little Guys," said Rep. Pamela Anderson (D-Fargo).

Anderson’s bill would allow retailers with 16 or fewer full-time employees to keep the state sales tax they collect for calendar year 2021. That only applies to the five percent state imposed sales tax, and does not affect local sales tax collections.

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