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Burgum allows "soft opening" of ND school facilities

May 11, 2020

Governor Doug Burgum has issued an executive order that will allow for a "soft opening" of school buildings for summer activities.

Burgum says over 20,000 students utilized school buildings last summer for various learning programs - and this will give the state an opportunity to continue to make plans for students returning to school in the fall.

"This is about 1/6th of our normal capacity, so this is an opportunity to learn how we can open and how we can manage with smaller numbers, but still very significant numbers."

One more North Dakotan has passed away from complications of COVID-19, with 27 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus.


The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. The statewide death toll is now 36, with 1,518 people testing positive overall.


2,145 people were tested yesterday. Of the 27 new positive cases, 16 were from Cass County. Grand Forks and Stutsman Counties each report two new cases. Burleigh, Dunn, Eddy, Grant, Mercer, Morton and Williams Counties each report one new case.


Statge of Minnesota / State of Minnesota

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is launching what he calls a “battle plan” to deal with the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota’s long-term care facilities. Prairie Public's Todd McDonald has details...

Fargo Public Schools

School may be dis missed for the remainder of the year, but at schools around North Dakota there is still activity – namely in the area of food services. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

Essentia Health / Essentia Health

It’s been nearly one month since Essentia Health in Fargo launched its virtual visit program and officials say it has been an important step in delivering health care services.  Prairie Public's Todd McDonald has details.

COVID-19 concerns among Native Americans

Apr 15, 2020

As people around the U-S take up measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, officials with North Dakota’s Native American population  are also sending the message – take this seriously. Reporter Todd McDonald has details…

The state Emergency Commission has voted to accept up to $6 million in federal funds for response and containment of the new Coronavirus disease.

The money is a part of the $8.3 billion Congress allocated toward the response.

"Some of the things we've been looking at is to be able to expand the laboratory capacity for us," said North Dakota Health Department Medical Services Section Chief Kirby Kruger. "We want to make sure we are able to work with and provide resources for our local public health people to do the work they need to do to help us with this response."

Metro-area Mayors unite to prepare for COVID-19

Mar 4, 2020
T. / Prairie Public

Burgum: 'Preparation, not Panic' on COVID-19 virus

Mar 4, 2020
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

"We're looking for preparation, not for panic."

That was Gov. Doug Burgum’s message, as he and state Health Department officials talked about North Dakota’s steps to contain the COVID 19 virus.

They held a news conference at the state Capitol to address concerns about that coronavirus.

Burgum said the key is to do the same things you would do to prevent the spread of influenza – including frequent hand washing, staying away from sick people, and staying home when you’re sick.