||North Dakota Coronavirus Update 6.28.20 - (5:31 p.m):
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed 37 additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- 15 in the Fargo area
- 7 in the Bismarck area
- 5 in the Grand Forks area
- 3 in Williams County
- 2 in Stark County
- 1 in Walsh County
- 1 in Mountrail County
- 1 in Traill County
- 1 in Grant County
- 1 in McIntosh County
In North Dakota there have been a total of 103,925 individuals tested, 3,495 are positive, 226 of the individuals required hospitalization and 79 deaths.
Age demographic of those individuals who have tested positive:
- 181 individual age 0-9
- 277 individual age 10-19
- 804 individuals age 20-29
- 731 individuals age 30-39
- 506 individuals age 40-49
- 372 individuals age 50-59
- 271 individuals age 60-69
- 131 individuals age 70-79
- 222 individual age 80+
(Department of Health One Stop Coronavirus update site)
The positive rate today of unique new cases is 2.6%. This percent does not take into account repeat negative tests. The overall positive rate out of total test is 1.1%. The cumulative positive rate when taken as a percent of new unique tests is 3.4% and the cumulative positive rate of total tests is 2.0%. Total active cases are 277.
Press briefings will now be just once a week on Tuesdays. The next press briefing will be June 30th at 3:30. The state will continue to post case counts, testing, and other information online each day.
More information can be found at: ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources.
- Government Offices: Access to government offices remains partially restricted to employees and necessary personnel. Executive Orders can be found here.
- Securities: In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, North Dakota Securities Department reminds financial professionals and the public throughout North Dakota that heightened isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic have created conditions conducive to the financial exploitation of seniors. More info here.
- Mineral Resources: The updated Bakken Restart Report can be found here. The Department of Mineral Resources has established the Bakken Restart Task Force to facilitate rapid recovery of the oil and gas industry and supporting sectors impacted by COVID-related demand shock.
- Emergency Services: North Dakota was approved on April 1 for a major presidential disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. More info here.
- Parks and Rec: The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department has released its revised guidelines for campsites this summer. Group camping and multi-unit camping is now available. Permits should be purchased online. More info here.
- Agriculture: Congress has passed an amendment to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that enables agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees to participate in the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The bill includes an additional $60 billion for the EIDL program. More info here.
- Human Services: The North Dakota Emergency Commission approved the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ request for $9.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to extend the state’s Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program through Aug. 14, 2020, pending approval from the Legislature’s Budget Section next week. More info here. North Dakota State Hospital announced it has modified its campus visitation policy to allow family members and friends to visit loved ones who are receiving behavioral health services. More info here. Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels. More info here. The pandemic EBT food assistance program has been extended through June 15. DHS has published updated operating guidance for North Dakota child care providers and reminded providers that the state’s Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program, which has provided about $12 million in grants to date, has been extended through July 3 for qualifying, participating providers who remain open and agree to follow program parameters. More info here. Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has created a behavioral health toolkit for employers to create supportive workplaces during COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit is available online at www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/EmployeeToolkit.pdf. There is additional information on available programs at the dhs.gov website.
- Health: North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) would like to remind parents to make sure their children are up to date on immunizations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of doses of vaccine administered in the state decreased as parents were keeping their children home and providers were responding to COVID-19. You can find more information about which vaccines are required for school at health.nd.gov/immunize. New NDDOH HOTLINE HOURS - 1-866-207-2880 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Health Department COVID-19 reports are now just once a day at 11 a.m. with only one update per day. Additional information here.
- Commerce: The Innovate North Dakota program is again accepting new enrollments and resuming the program’s offerings with current participants. More info here. The Dept of Commerce website provides regular updates here.
- Transportation: Gov. Doug Burgum today announced all renewals for vehicle registration and driver licenses, which expired March 1 or later, have been extended until August 31. This new executive order takes the place of Executive Order 2020-07 which waived expiration dates for vehicle registration and driver licenses during the state of emergency. Due to CDC guidelines on social distancing, these services are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit our website at dot.nd.gov or call 1-855-633-6835. NDDOT will be adding staff to handle volume of appointments as the office opens. Real ID deadline has been extended by one year and TSA will allow individuals to board a plane with expired driver’s licenses. On-site visits are by appointment only. More information available here.
- Job Service/Unemployment: Employers should be on the lookout for fraudulent Unemployment Insurance claims. What to look for can be found here. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (PEUC) is up and running at North Dakota Job Service. The PEUC program provides a 13-week extension of benefits to Unemployment Insurance claimants who have exhausted a regular current claim. The only place to file a PEUC claim is on jobsnd.com. Unemployment and labor market information is available here. Individuals are encouraged to review those federal programs to see if they can apply. Job Service is able to accept online claims from independent contractors, gig economy workers, self-employed individuals, and workers who may have exhausted the benefits available to them under the regular Unemployment Insurance system. More info here.
- Cybersecurity: North Dakota’s Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford is reminding the state’s citizens of flourishing COVID-19-related cybersecurity threats including hackers exploiting weak passwords to gain access to users’ networks. More info can be found here.
- Tax: North Dakota is currently aligned with the IRS extension date. Individuals or businesses who are unable to file an income tax return or pay the tax by the April 15th deadline, can file and make payment through July 15, 2020, without penalty and interest. North Dakota taxpayers also have the ability to request additional time if they believe they will be unable to file a return or pay the tax in a timely manner because of a COVID-19 related situation. Refunds are being issued in a timely manner. More information on tax guidance here.
- Game and Fish: The Game and Fish Department is now allowing all fishing tournaments to resume after June 1. More information can be found here. Individuals already enrolled in hunter education classes will be able to take those online. Those still interested in enrolling can do so at www.gf.nd.gov/education. They will receive a temporary hunter ID number. They will have until December 31, 2020 to take the physical exam with their temporary number. The state will continue to allow out of state fishing licenses.
- ITD: North Dakota Information Technology, EduTech, Gateway to Science and Microsoft Corp., announced a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Portal, designed to help fill the growing need for PPE throughout the state.
- Higher Ed: North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani announced Thursday, June 25, that the university has received final approval for a $20 million grant to launch hybrid in-person and online class offerings in the fall. Instructors will also be able to conduct classes either in-person or virtually. The university will require students and staff on campus to wear face coverings. Bismarck State College is open and will offer in-person classroom and college experience to students this Fall and moving forward while minimizing risk. BSC employees directly involved with students began returning to campus June 15, and the college will be fully open by early August. Most student services offer face-to-face service again along with virtual campus connection points (email, phone and/or video conferencing) that will remain in place. More info here. UND announced its Restart Safety Levels, which can be found here. NDSU is in Phase 1 of its Return to Work Plan. The plan is phased approach that will take place between June-August. More info here. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has determined that the North Dakota University System colleges can plan for in-person education in the Fall. The North Dakota University System has launched a task force led by Dr. Joshua Wynne to implement a three-tiered approach to re-opening North Dakota campuses. More info available here.
- Legislative Update: The IT Committee will meet July 1 at 9:00 a.m.; Education Policy Committee will meet July 2 at 10:00a.m. A live stream will be available at: http://video.legis.nd.gov. Additional Interim committee hearings have been scheduled for July and can be found here.
- Business/Travel Updates:
- Travel Update: The Dept of Health Confinement Order of 4/8/20 has been amended to allow people to travel freely within the U.S. and releases requirements for everyone except international travelers. Read the amended order here.
- Restaurants/Bars: Update guidelines for re-opening can be found here.
- Athletic Clubs/Movie theaters/Cosmetology businesses, etc.: Updated guidelines for re-opening can be found here.
- Churches: Churches are encouraged to review the new guidelines for large gatherings of 100 or more, but churches will set their own timelines/guidelines for re-opening.
- Arts/Cultural events: The State Historical Society of North Dakota announces the reopening of the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum on June 22. In alignment with the North Dakota Smart Restart plan, the State Museum and the James River Café will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. The State Archives will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access to special archaeology and museum collections areas and the State Archives reading room is by appointment only by calling 701.328.2666. Find the latest updates to health protocols, hours, and appointment information at history.nd.gov/covid-19. North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces The Bush Foundation CARES Fund guidelines and applications for individual artists. More info here. The State Historical Society of North Dakota announced the opening of most state historic sites on May 23. In alignment with the North Dakota Smart Restart Campaign, the agency will open all interpretive centers except the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown and the State Museum in Bismarck. The missile site will open June 15. More info here. North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces CARES Act Fund Guidelines and Applications to provide short-term financial relief to those in the arts, cultural and creative industries impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. More info here.
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