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The state of North Dakota and the North Dakota Medical Association are encouraging people who have tested positive for COVID-19 – and are at high risk for serious complications – to look at whether new treatment options – such as monoclonal antibodies – are right for them.

"These new antibodies have really allowed us to take the fight to COVID, and hopefully keep people out of the hospital," said NDMA Vice-president Dr. Joshua Ranum. "WE're also hoping to keep people from having severe complications from the disease."

The Legislature will be considering merging the state Health Department with the Department of Human Services.

Rep. Robin Weisz (R-Hurdsfield) is the main sponsor of that bill. Weisz said this has been talked about for a number of years. And he said after the Division of Environmental Quality was moved out of the Health Department, and became its own agency, it seems a good time to make this move.

"It's not like we're trying to make a 'super-agency,'" Weisz said in an interview.

152 new COVID-19 infections, three deaths confirmed

23 hours ago

The state health department has confirmed three more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,384.

 

The patients were:

 

  • Grand Forks County.
  • Man in his 60s from Rolette County.
  • Man in his 90s from Traill 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. 

 

127 new coronavirus cases, eight more dead

Jan 16, 2021

The state health department has confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,381.

 

The patients were:

 

Mask mandate to expire Monday, Jan 18

Jan 15, 2021

Governor Doug Burgum says the state health officer order that mandates the wearing of face coverings in North Dakota will expire as scheduled on Monday, January 18 at 8am.

At a COVID-19 briefing with the state health department, Burgum says the state is currently in a much different position than it was just a couple of months ago. Active cases have dropped by over 80 percent, hospitalizations have dropped 74 percent and the 14-day rolling positivity rate is now the 4th lowest in the nation at 4.7 percent.

Eight more dead with COVID-19; 233 new cases

Jan 15, 2021

The state health department has confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,373.

 

The patients were:

 

·         Woman in her 80s from Golden Valley County.  

·         Woman in her 70s from Grand Forks County.  

·         Woman in her 70s from McHenry County.  

·         Man in his 60s from Ramsey County.  

·         Man in his 70s from Ransom County.  

North Dakota’s eight commercial airports saw a 52 percent drop in boardings in 2020, compared with 2019.

The state's Aeronautics Commission said 572,093 people boarded commercial airplanes in 2020. That's a decrease of 619,476 passengers ffrom 2019.

The reason: COVID-19.

North Dakota Aeronautics Commission director Kyle Wanner said it could have been worse.

"We saw a 95%  decrease in passenger numbers back in April," Wanner said. "That's the worst-case scenario."

Wanner said since that time, there has been a recovery.

Eight COVID-19 deaths; 248 new cases detected

Jan 14, 2021

The state health department has confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,365.

 

The patients were: 

 

Bill would increase drivers' training to one year

Jan 14, 2021

A bill pending in the North Dakota Legislature would lengthen the amount of driver’s training for teens before they could get a driver’s license.

A Bismarck state senator has introduced a measure to provide some money to families who have out-of-pocket education expenses as a result of schools being locked down and going to distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Mike Dwyer’s (R-Bismarck) bill would set aside $12 million from the next round of COVID relief money for those grants.

Dwyer said he got the idea because he has two children who are teachers, and they have children. Dwyer said the school closed, and so did their day care, and the two were expected to work from home.

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