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Four more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 125.

The patients were a woman in her 70s with no underlying health conditions, and a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions both from Burleigh County; a man in his 40s with underlying health conditions from Sioux County and a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions from Stark County.

123 new cases of novel coronavirus in ND

Aug 15, 2020

123 new individuals from 22 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,444.

These results are from a pool of 6,478 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

The health department will update results from serial testing on Monday.

123 new cases of novel coronavirus in ND

Aug 15, 2020

123 new individuals from 22 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,444.

These results are from a pool of 6,478 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

The health department will update results from serial testing on Monday.

1 new death, 152 new coronavirus cases

Aug 14, 2020

A man in his 90s with underlying health conditions has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota. He was from Grand Forks County.

His death brings the statewide death toll to 121.

Additionally, 152 new individuals from 29 counties have also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,322. These results were from a pool of 5,491 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.8 percent.

54 of today’s new positives were from serial (or repeat) testing.

Some members of the Legislature’s Budget Section believe lawmakers should have had more of a say in how federal money from the CARES Act is spent.

That act provided North Dakota with $1.25 billion for COVID-19 –related spending.

The state’s Emergency Commission is made up of Gov. Doug Burgum, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, and the majority leaders and Appropriations Committee chairs of both chambers of the Legislature, all Republicans. The Commission makes decisions on how to divvy up that money, and the Budget Section can only vote “yes” or “no” on those expenditures.

The Legislature’s Budget Section has approved the latest round of spending from the federal CARES Act.

But lawmakers raised some questions about some of the expenditures.

201 new individuals from 28 counties have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the new statewide positive total to 8,171. These results were from a pool of 7,182 tests for a daily positive rate of 2.8 percent.

201 new positives is the highest daily positive total recorded since the beginning of the pandemic – but testing is also at an all-time high.

71 of the new positives were individuals from serial testing.

Dakota Gasification now selling beverage-grade CO2

Aug 13, 2020

The Dakota Gasification Plant near Beulah is now selling and  shipping beverage-grade carbon dioxide liquid to water treatment plants in North Dakota.

Dakota Gas Marketing Account Manager Zach Jacobsen said the addition of the urea plant at Dakota Gas made the higher quality CO2 liquid capture possible. Jacobsen said to be "beverage-grade," the CO2 liquid has to be 99.98 percent pure. 

Two additional COVID-19 deaths, 87 new cases found

Aug 12, 2020

Two more individuals have passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota, bringing the statewide death toll to 120.

The patients were a woman in her 80s from Grand Forks County, and a man in his 60s from Morton County. They both had underlying health conditions.

Additionally, 87 new individuals from 19 counties have tested positive for the novel coronavirus bringing the new statewide positive total to 7,970. These results were from a pool of 4,327 tests for a daily positive rate of 2 percent.

39 of today’s new positive cases were from serial testing.

An interim Legislative committee has endorsed the state’s Office of Management and Budget’s plans to ask for money to make the state Capitol compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The proposed dollar amount will be capped at $750,000.

"When we met earlier, we thought it'd be millions of dollars, and we'd have to do it over multiple biennia," state facilities manager John Boyle told the interim Government Administration Committee. "But $750,000 will take care of everything, as well as some other items. It just seems a lot more reasonable."

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