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In a media availability with reporters today, the President of the Long Term Care Association of North Dakota called upon everyone in the state to help get the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

The chairman of a task force working on ways to safely allow family members to visit their relatives in long term care facilities is hoping to have a draft proposal ready for Gov. Doug Burgum this week.

Visitation was severly restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That task force is chaired by Christopher Larson, a resident of the Luther Memorial Home in Mayville.

"A lot of my fellow residents are yearning for a visit with their loved ones," Larson said in an interview. "That's something happening across the state."

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Gov. Doug Burgum has recommended a one percent funding increase for North Dakota's nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

But the North Dakota Long Term Care Association will be asking the 2019 Legislature for a three percent increase.

The association said while it appreciates Burgum's recommendation of a one percent increase in funding for nursing homes – after three years of no increases – it isn’t enough to retain and attract staff. Association president Shelly Peterson told reporters the 1 percent is a starting point.

The head of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association says there is still a demand for both assisted living and nursing home beds.

"It's 94 percent occupied for nursing homes," said Association president Shelly Peterson. "There's less demand in rural North Dakota -- we probably have 300 to 400 openings in rural North Dakota, because people are moving out of the rural areas."

Effort to end basic care moratorium fails in the House

Feb 21, 2013

For years, North Dakota has had a moratorium on the number of allowable beds for long-term care facilities.

It’s part of the state’s efforts to keep people at home longer – and out of nursing homes.

An effort to remove the moratorium failed in the House.

Rep. Robin Weisz (R-Hurdsfield) says under current state law, you can open up a new facility – but you have to purchase bed capacity from another existing facility. Weisz says there is a skilled care facility in Underwood that closed – and the beds were moved to Bismarck.