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215 new COVID-19 cases; 1 death confirmed

Apr 10, 2021

The state health department has confirmed one more death related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,471.

 

Details about the patient will be released Monday.

 

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. 

 

Legislative Review 4-9-21: Representative Mike Nathe

Apr 9, 2021

Rep Mike Nathe (R-Bismarck) discusses Legacy Fund investments, the bonding bill, redistricting, and the Legislature going into its final weeks.

2 deaths confirmed; 125 new COVID-19 cases

Apr 9, 2021

The state health department has confirmed two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,470.

 

The patients were a man in his 70s from Ward County, and a woman in her 60s from Renville 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. 

 

When the North Dakota House passed the higher education challenge grant bill, it took out the two private universities in North Dakota.

The Senate’s version of the measure made the University of Mary and Jamestown University eligible. The challenge grants would be awarded on a match basis – meaning for every two dollars the college foundations would raise, the state would add one dollar.

Bonding bill passes at $680 million

Apr 9, 2021

The bonding bill is done.

It’s $680 million. And its big projects are the F-M Diversion, the Mouse River Flood Control Project, and a new agriculture building at NDSU.

The $680 million was earlier passed by the House. The Senate initially raised it to $1.1 billion. But because of new federal COVID relief money, and better than expected earnings from the state’s Legacy Fund, the Senate reduced it to the House level, thereby avoiding a conference committee, and sending it to Governor Burgum.

It passed the Senate unanimously.

201 new COVID-19 cases found

Apr 8, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 201 new individuals from 27 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 104,364.

 

These results were from a pool of 8,183 tests for a daily positive rate of 3.42 percent.

 

106 of those positives were PCR tests, and 95 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

The North Dakota House has passed a bill aimed at preventing NDSU from passing through federal grant money to Planned Parenthood.

The money is used to train teachers in sex education.

The bill as amended would penalize NDSU $2.8 million if it continues its partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Opponents said this sends a dangerous signal to anyone who may want to come to one of North Dakota's colleges or universities for research.

The North Dakota Senate has passed an amended bill, that prohibits any state government official from issuing a mask mandate.

The original HB 1323l would have also prohibited local governments and businesses from issuing mask mandates.

The amendment’s author – Sen. Jessica Bell (R-Beulah) – said it was a compromise between freedom and safety.

"We are looking for a balance between holding our freedoms that are important to all of us, as well as insuring that people feel safe," Bell told the Senate.

ND Parks and Recreation

The Legislature is considering moving the management of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Washburn from the state Parks and Recreation Department to the State Historical Society.

That would include the Fort Mandan site.

The Center was built in 1997 by the Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation in 1997. In 2015, it was transferred to Parks and Recreation.

The Senate already approved it as part of the Parks and Recreation budget.

"It fits more with the mission of the Historical Society," said Sen. Ron Sorvaag (R-Fargo).

196 new COVID cases confirmed

Apr 7, 2021

According to the state health department’s coronavirus dashboard, 196 new individuals from 23 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 104,167.

 

These results were from a pool of 5,374 tests for a daily positive rate of 5.1 percent.

 

75 of those positives were PCR tests, and 121 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are:

 

 

 

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