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ND Health Dept: 48 new COVID-19 cases

Jun 1, 2020

48 new individuals from eight North Dakota counties have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide positive total to 2,625.

The positive results were from a pool of 2,378 tests for a positive rate of 2 percent.

40 of the cases were from Cass County. Two of the cases were from Grand Forks County. Barnes, Burleigh, Ransom, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh Counties each had one new case.

In all, 97,111 tests have been administered for the novel coronavirus in North Dakota. 73,301 tests have been on unique individuals.

One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide coronavirus pandemic death toll to 61.

 

The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions.

 

Additionally, 23 more individuals from four North Dakota counties tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The positives were from a pool of 2,084 tests for a positive rate of 1.1 percent.

 

The state Board of Higher Education is again discussing offering tenure for new college presidents.

Board member Don Morton said the matter was discussed at the Board’s Governance Committee. He said tenure could be used as a recruiting tool.

"In this day and age of tight budgets, intense competition for talented leaders, I just think that tenure is something -- there isn't much of a cost, and it can show appreciation for our campus leaders," Morton said.

ND COVID-19: death toll now 60; 34 new cases

May 30, 2020

The statewide death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Dakota is now 60 after one more individual has passed away with the novel coronavirus.

The patient was a man in his 60s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions.

The state health department has confirmed an additional 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a statewide positive total of 2,552.

24 of the new cases were from Cass County. Grand Forks County and Renvill County each had two new cases. Burleigh, McKenzie, Richland, Stustman, Traill and Williams Counties each had one new case.

At his COVID-19 pandemic briefing on Friday, Governor Doug Burgum announced that North Dakota is ready to move to its next phase of reopening its economy.

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ND COVID-19: 40 new cases, two additional deaths

May 29, 2020

Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 59.

The patients were both from Cass County. One was a woman in her 90s, and the other was a man in his 70s. They had underlying health conditions.

The state health department is reporting 40 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the state, bringing the statewide positive total to 2,520.

As the Burgum Administration looks at reinstating visitation in long term care facilities, AARP is urging that be done in careful adherence to CMS guidelines, to ensure the health of staff, visitors and residents.

AARP is also urging those long term care facilities to offer and facilitate “virtual” visits with loved ones in those facilities.

AARP state director Josh Askvig said a few weeks ago, the state announced it had received a grant that was going to help facilitate some of this.

ND COVID-19: 1 more death, 42 new positives

May 28, 2020

North Dakota’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 57 after one more individual passed away with the novel coronavirus.

 

The patient was a man in his 80s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions.

 

42 new individuals from six counties have also tested positive for COVID-19. 36 were from Cass County, two were from Burleigh County. Grand Forks, Richland, Traill and Ward Counties all had one new case.

 

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte resigns

May 28, 2020

State health officer Mylynn Tufte has resigned.

She’s been with the Burgum Administration for the past three years.

Gov. Doug Burgum said Tufte will leave June 1, and return to private practice. At his Capitol briefing Wednesday, Burgum praised Tufte.

"She's been terrific through this whole (coronavirus) thing," Burgum said. "She's been tireless in her energy, in doing one of the biggest jobs in the state. She's doing it with a lot of poise."

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