||North Dakota Coronavirus Update 5.25.20 - (6:13 p.m):
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed 40 additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- 37 in the Fargo area
- 2 in the Grand Forks area
- 1 in Ransom County
In North Dakota there have been a total of 84,503 individuals tested, 2,457 are positive, 154 of the individuals required hospitalization and 51 deaths.
Age demographic of those individuals who have tested positive:
- 125 individual age 0-9
- 167 individual age 10-19
- 524 individuals age 20-29
- 538 individuals age 30-39
- 366 individuals age 40-49
- 278 individuals age 50-59
- 199 individuals age 60-69
- 92 individuals age 70-79
- 168 individual age 80+
(Department of Health One Stop Coronavirus update site)
The positive rate today of unique new cases is 4.6%. This percent does not take into account repeat negative tests. The overall positive rate out of total tests is 2.0%. The cumulative positive rate when taken as a percent of new unique tests is 3.7% and the cumulative positive rate of total tests is 2.9%. Total active cases are 852.
There was no press conference today.
The next press conference will be Tuesday, May 26th at 3:30.
Press conferences will now be held just three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30. There will continue to be case counts, testing, and other information online each day.
More information can be found at: ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources.
- Government Offices: Governor Burgum highlighted state-federal partnerships, continued testing support during his visit to the White House. More info here. Access to government offices remains restricted to employees and necessary personnel. Executive Orders can be found here.
- Secretary of State: The previous executive order regarding mail-in voting still allows for counties to decide if they want to have a polling location on June 9th. Most counties have elected to do mail-in only but could have the option of opening a polling location if the county commission deems appropriate and is publicly noticed. Individuals can reach out to county auditors for more information.
- Mineral Resources: 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. More info here.
- 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 announces the opening of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan on May 21. More info here. Campgrounds will now open with limited services on May 9, with the exception of the Little Missouri Bay State Park. Campsites will have limited occupancy and services and cabin rentals are not yet open. There will be no programming or rentals until Memorial Day weekend. Visit here for more info.
- 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: Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division creates 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. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division continues to make available new resources through the Parents Lead program to support parents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Parents Lead resources touch on a variety of topics, including how to help your children handle stress and anxiety, how to co-parent during the pandemic, safe ways to promote social interaction virtually, tips for dealing with adult children moving home and a 30-day parenting challenge of fun activities to do with your family while social distancing. These resources can be found online at www.parentslead.org/COVID-19.
- North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and Department of Human Services have teamed up with support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services (USDA FNS) to provide food assistance during the pandemic emergency for children who participated in or qualified for the free and reduced-priced school lunch program prior to pandemic-related school closures. More info here. There is additional information on available programs at the dhs.gov website.
- Health: Health Department COVID-19 reports are now just once a day at 11 a.m. with only one update per day. Additional information here. The North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown is ramping up its COVID-19 preparedness efforts while maintaining specialized inpatient and residential care to individuals with severe, complex and persistent mental illnesses and substance use disorders. More info here.
- Commerce: The North Dakota Department of Commerce today announced that the Innovate North Dakota program is again accepting new enrollments and resuming the program’s offerings with current participants. More info here. The North Dakota Department of Commerce received more than 11,300 responses from the North Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. A report of survey results can be found at https://belegendary.link/NDCommunitySurvey
- The Dept of Commerce website provides regular updates here. They will offer business briefing calls on Thursdays at 11 am. Information can be found in the link.
- Transportation: NDDOT will be adding staff to handle volume of appointments as the office opens. Drivers’ licenses that expired after March 1 are still valid. NDDOT will begin a phased approach to prioritized on-site services for Driver’s License and Motor Vehicle customers beginning May 11. 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: Current unemployment is 9.2% (up 6.5% from March) and weekly claims have dropped over the last couple of weeks. 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.
- Insurance: The Commissioner applauded the issuance of "Shelter-in-Place-Payback" to car insurance drivers insured by Allstate and the creation of the “Return of Premium Relief Fund” by American Family Insurance. Allstate and American Family Insurance are returning savings resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both Allstate and American Family Insurance have acknowledged that they arrived at these relief options for customers, in part, as a result of various bulletins and guidance from the North Dakota Insurance Department. More info here.
- In addition, the Commissioner encouraged renters, homeowners, farmers and business owners to take advantage of the recently announced flood insurance renewal grace period extension. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardship, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between Feb. 13-June 15, 2020. 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.
- Public Instruction: A “virtual graduation ceremony” will be broadcast and livestreamed across North Dakota May 30 as a special opportunity to honor North Dakota’s Class of 2020. The ceremony is a bonus addition to any local graduation celebrations that local school districts will hold. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kristen Baesler gave an update on graduation ceremony guidance. Those can be found here. K-12 public schools will continue distant learning for the remainder of the school year. You can find additional information on schools 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: The State Board of Higher Ed is continuing to receive feedback from students regarding online courses and strategies for safe “re-opening” and/or a combination of in person and online classes. The Board will use this information to determine the success and continued development of online classes. 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. NDSU expects to offer most of their classes through in-person instruction this fall, but will also plan to accommodate our vulnerable populations. A statement from President Bresciani on NDSU can be found here. UND is planning on a regular fall schedule. A statement from President Wynne and Armacost can be found here. Bismarck State College officials are working on plans to get students in certain programs back on campus this summer with the intent to have all students back in the fall. More info here.
- Legislative Update: Interim committee hearings have been scheduled for June 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: Guidelines for re-opening can be found here.
- Athletic Clubs/Movie theaters/Cosmetology businesses, etc.: 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 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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