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17 more COVID-related deaths confirmed; 226 new cases

Dec 24, 2020

The state health department has confirmed 17 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,260.

 

The patients were: 

 

The state health department has confirmed five more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,243.

 

The patients were: 

 

  • Woman in her 50s from Barnes County.
  • Man in his 80s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 80s from Cass County.
  • Man in his 70s from McLean County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Ward County. 

 

The Bismarck City Commission will be doing some further study on giving some financial breaks to businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bars and restaurants have asked for some relief, possibly in the form of reduced license rates.

Commissioner Mark Splonskowski said he understands the challenges faced by the hospitality industry, especially bars.

"The cross-hairs were put directly on them," Splonskowski said. "This is a mess made by the state, and they've left it to us to clean it up as best we can."

ND COVID-19: 349 new cases, five additional deaths

Dec 22, 2020

The state health department has confirmed five more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,238.

 

The patients were: 

 

  • Woman in her 70s from Barnes County.
  • Woman in her 80s from McLean County.
  • Woman in her 60s from Steele County.
  • Man in his 80s from Ward County.
  • Man in his 90s from Ward County.

 

78 new COVID-19 cases; two deaths confirmed

Dec 21, 2020

The state health department has confirmed two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,233.

 

The patients were: 

 

  • Woman in her 70s from Burleigh County.
  • Man in his 70s from Ward 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. 

 

The superintendent of the Bismarck Public Schools is hoping Governor Burgum’s proposal for flat state funding for K-12 is only a starting point.

Burgum has proposed keeping per-pupil payments at $10,036 for the 2021-2023 biennium.

Dr. Jason Hornbacher said the Bismarck district hasn’t yet put pencil to paper, to see what the effects of flat funding will have on the district.

257 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Dec 20, 2020

257 new individuals from 35 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 90,039.

 

These results were from a pool of 4,558 tests for a daily positive rate of 4.91 percent.

 

206 of those tests were PCR tests, and 51 were antigen tests.

 

The cases broken down by county are: 

 

·        Barnes County – 2

·        Benson County – 9

241 new COVID-19 cases; six more deaths confirmed

Dec 19, 2020

The state health department has confirmed six more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,231.

 

The patients were: 

 

ND COVID-19: 21 dead, 509 new infections

Dec 18, 2020

The state health department has confirmed 21 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,225.

 

The patients were: 

 

The North Dakota University System’s chief financial officer said one of the big issues the System has with Governor Burgum’s executive budget request is with his proposed cuts to the funding formula.

Tammy Dolan told the state Board of Higher Education the Governor is proposing a 7 ½ percent cut to that funding formula – which provides all of the state funding to the colleges and universities. She said the system office would also be cut by that same percentage – except in the grants and scholarships areas.

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