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NDUS Smart Restart: Masking, testing

Jul 24, 2020

North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education is “strongly encouraging” the state’s 11 public colleges and universities to require masks, as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UND and NDSU are already requiring masks to be worn when students, faculty and staff are indoors, or in places where social distancing is not possible.

Classes are to start August 24th across the campuses.

1 more COVID-19 death in ND; active cases now over 900

Jul 23, 2020

One more North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 97.

The patient was a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions. He was from Burleigh County.

Additionally, 128 new individuals from 21 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. The total number of people who have tested positive since the pandemic began is 5,493. These results are from a pool of 4,318 tests for a daily positive rate of 3 percent.

Burgum: no statewide mask mandate at this time

Jul 22, 2020

Governor Doug Burgum says at this time, he will not be issuing a statewide mask mandate in North Dakota.

But Burgum says he does believe masks work, and that the more people wearing them the better.

Burgum says a statewide mandate may be difficult to enforce, and it may also be complicated to determine who could be exempt from such a mandate. But he says individual businesses and people making the decision to wear masks is a positive step that goes a long way in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

ND COVID-19: 2 new deaths, 160 new cases detected

Jul 22, 2020

Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 96.

The patients were a man in his 70s from Burleigh County and a woman in her 90s from Cass County. They both had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 160 new individuals from 26 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 5,367. These results were from a pool of 4,259 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.8 percent.

ND's number of fishing lakes is up

Jul 22, 2020

Fisheries personnel from the state Game and Fish Department are out stocking lakes with nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings.

But it’s not the amount of walleye being stocked – it’s the number of lakes being stocked.

"We used to stock 100-to-150 lakes," said North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries product and development supervisor Jerry Weigel. "This year, we're up over 180."

Weigel said this year,  there’s a lot more water on the state’s landscape.

Another North Dakotan has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 94.

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

Additionally, 82 new individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 5,207. These results were from a pool of 3,739 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.2 percent.

RECs looking for COVID-19 relief in refinancing loans

Jul 21, 2020
Verendrye Electric Cooperative

Rural Electric Cooperatives are making the case for a bill that would allow the RECs, and rural telecommunications providers, to refinance loans they have received from the Rural Utilities Service at current market rates without penalty.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson said there is a provision within the Rural Utilities Service that charges a pre-payment penalty if a co-op refinances its loan. Matheson said co-ops are facing some significant financial headwinds, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1 new death; 107 new coronavirus cases in ND

Jul 20, 2020

A woman in her 70s from Williams County has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 93. She had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 107 new individuals from 14 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide positive total to 5,126. These results were from a pool of 5,702 tests for a daily positive rate of 1.9 percent.

ND Safety Council offering training on-line

Jul 20, 2020
ND Safety Council

The COVID-19 virus has caused the North Dakota Safety Council to move many of its training courses on-line.

Distance learning was in the Council’s strategic plan.

"But we were forced to do it rather quickly," said NDSC assistant executive director Lynae Hanson.

Hanson said that meant the Council quickly checked Internet capacity and speed, and also determining which courses would fit in an on-line format.

ND COVID-19: two new deaths, 113 new cases

Jul 19, 2020

Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 92.

The patients were a man from Benson County in his 30s and a man from Burleigh County in his 80s. They had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 113 individuals from 20 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. These results were from a pool of 5,533 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent. The new statewide positive total is 5,019.

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