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2 more COVID-19 deaths; record 134 new positives found

May 21, 2020

Two additional North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, while 134 new individuals have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The patients who died were both men from Cass County with underlying health conditions. One was in his 70s, the other was in his 90s. The statewide death toll is now 51.

Of the 134 new positives, 93 were from Cass County alone. 24 were from Ward County, 6 were from Burleigh County, and 4 were from Emmons County. Bottineau, Grand Forks, Morton, Pierce, Ramsey and Richland Counties each reported one new case. The new positive total is 2,229.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a good number of state employees have been working from home.

"I think a lot of people have learned, including state employees, they can be very productive working from home, if they have  the right environment and the right equipment," Gov. Doug Burgum said at his Wednesday briefing.

Burgum said the Legislature's Budget Section approved the use of special COVID-19 federal money to upgrade some equipment for state employees to work from home. He said once the pandemic passes, this could be the "new normal" for some workers.

4 new COVID-19 deaths; new cases top 102

May 20, 2020

Four additional North Dakotans have passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 49.

The patients were all men from Cass County with underlying health conditions. Two were in their 60s, one was in his 70s and one was in his 80s.

Visitation, stimulus and unemployment

May 20, 2020

The state Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Long Term Care Association are working on protocols to start allowing people in those facilities to receive visitors.

The onset of the coronavirus meant visitors were not allowed, except for compassionate care.

But the Long Term Care Association says people in those facilities need to see family, and that’s part of keeping them healthy.

ND COVID-19: 1 new death, 63 new cases

May 19, 2020

A man in his 90s from Cass County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 45. He had underlying health conditions. 

 

Out of 1,190 tests for the novel coronavirus taken yesterday, 63 additional people have tested positive. 56 of the new cases were from Cass County. Ransom and Richland Counties each had two new cases, while Bottineau, Burleigh and Ramsey Counties each had one new case.

 

1,994 people have tested positive overall.

 

ND Long Term Care Association

The president of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association said all of the state’s long term care facilities are allowing COVID-19 testing.

Earlier, Gov. Doug Burgum had said at one of his COVID-19 briefings he was aware that three of those facilities were not allowing testing.

But Shelly Peterson said she thinks the issue with that was communication. She said some of the testing, for example, had been scheduled for Mother’s Day.

Legislature preparing for remote access

May 19, 2020

The Legislature’s Procedures and Arrangements Committee has voted to spend $750,000 of federal money to wire Legislative committee rooms and the two chambers for remote access.

The money comes from the federal “CARES Act.” It will be a line item in the Information Technology budget.

"I'm optimistic that we're going to be meeting, just like we have always met, in person," said the Commitee chairman, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson). "However, we do need to have a back-up, in case something comes up that we're not aware of."

The president of the state Board of Higher Education said the past semester has been a challenge – as students were forced to take classes on-line, rather than in person, because of the coronavirus.

Nick Hacker said the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff is the system’s top concern.

"We want to thank students, faculty and staff for working toegther, and literally turning higher education on its head in a matter of weeks, to transition 11,000 face to face courses to alternative delivery formats," Hacker said.

Additional COVID-19 death; 31 new cases in ND

May 18, 2020

One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 44.

The patient was a woman in her 90s from Ramsey County. She had underlying health conditions.

31 new individuals also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, out of 2,066 tests from yesterday. 1,340 of those tested were tested for the first time. Since the pandemic began, 1,931 people have tested positive out of 65,911 tests.

26 of the new cases were from Cass County. Three were from Burleigh County, while Ransom and Sioux Counties each reported one new case.

COVID-19: 1 new death, 52 new cases in ND

May 17, 2020

One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 43.

 

The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions.

 

52 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed by the state health department, out of 2,558 tests completed yesterday. 1,734 of those tested were tested for the first time. 

 

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