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The state health department has confirmed ten more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,204.

 

The patients were: 

 

MDU, Xcel granted interim rate increases

Dec 17, 2020

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has granted interm rate increases for two investor-owned utillities -- something state law says they're entitled to, when they have rate cases pending.

Foe Xcel Energy, it on electric rates. For MDU, it's natual gas.

In November, Xcel filed for a general rate increase, that would increase an average customer’s bill by $8.37 per month in winter, and $8.53 per month in summer.  That’s based on 750 kilowatt hours of electricity.

The state health department has confirmed 24 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,194.


 

A University of Mary senior student in electrical engineering is credited with helping improve and streamline the state’s COVID-19 data collection efforts.

Josh Reiner of Bismarck had applied for internships at MDU and Basin Electric – but because of COVID, the internships were cancelled. So he applied for a job with the Department of Health.

"I honestly didn't think I was worthy, or had what it took to meet their requirements," Reiner said.

13 more deaths confirmed; 340 new COVID-19 infections

Dec 15, 2020

The state health department has confirmed 13 more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,170.

The patients were: 

October oil production numbers flat

Dec 15, 2020

"As flat as you can ever see."

That's how North Dakota Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms described October oil production numbers, compared with September.

In October production was at 1,222,871 barrels per day. The September number was 1,223,107 barrels per day. That's a difference of 236 barrels.

Helms said there are 15 drilling rigs working in the Williston Basin. He said permitting numbers have been up and down, depending on the price.

The federal Justice Department has reached a settlement agreement with the state of North Dakota under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The complaint alleged North Dakota unnecessarily puts people with disabilities in nursing homes, instead of providing services for them to live in the community.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Drieband said this means the state will transform its long-term care system, and will provide more than 2500 people with individualized services.

201 new COVID-19 cases; 5 more confirmed dead

Dec 14, 2020

The state health department has confirmed five more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 1,157.

The patients were: 

* Man in his 70s from Adams County.
* Man in his 90s from Burleigh County.
* Man in his 80s from Burleigh County.
* Man in his 60s from Morton County.
* Woman in her 60s from Sioux 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.

Plans for a new state hospital in the pipeline

Dec 14, 2020

Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget calls for building a new State Hospital in Jamestown.

The new hospital would be built through a “public-private partnership.”

"The financing, the design, the build, and the maintenance of the building would occur through the management of a private entity," said hospital superintendent Dr. Rosalie Etherington. "Then we, as the state, would make annual payments for the full debt service, which would be approximately 40 years."

287 new COVID-19 cases confirmed; no new deaths reported

Dec 13, 2020

For the first time since early September, the state health department is reporting no new deaths today.

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 current death toll is 1,152.

287 new individuals from 38 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 87,871.

These results were from a pool of 6,167 tests for a daily positive rate of 4.82 percent.

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