||North Dakota Coronavirus Update 4.2.20 - (5:24 p.m):
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed 12 additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- 6 in Cass County
- 2 in Stark County
- 1 in Ward County
- 1 in Williams County
- 1 in Mountrail County
In North Dakota there have been a total of 4,980 individuals tested, 159 are positive, 28 of the individuals hospitalized and 3 deaths.
Age demographic of those individuals who have tested positive:
- 2 individual age 0-9
- 5 individual age 10-19
- 25 individuals age 20-29
- 37 individuals age 30-39
- 26 individuals age 40-49
- 23 individuals age 50-59
- 23 individuals age 60-69
- 12 individuals age 70-79
- 6 individual age 80+
(Department of Health One Stop Coronavirus update site)
The current percentage of positive cases in ND is 3.2%, which is the 4th lowest rate in the country. This indicates a we are doing a good job on testing (currently 10th in the country in testing per capita).
Many people are asking where to make donations during this time. If you know of local donation centers, those should be the first place you bring donations. In addition, the ND Community and Non-Profit Response Fund is now accepting donations. You can go to NDCF website and they will help get resources where they need to go. Medical supply donations can be dropped off at NDDOT sites in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Valley City.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem gave an update on how to avoid scams during this pandemic and what the state is doing to protect citizens. There has been an increase in scam calls and they are asking everyone to be aware and inform those who are more vulnerable. A popular email scam is telling people they need to pay a fee or provide additional information to receive their CARES Act stimulus checks. There are also spam emails promising cures, masks, etc. Do not click on any of these. The AG also encouraged people to be very careful when donating to charities and support known, local charities. Do not give over the phone. Additional information can be found here.
The Governor issued one more executive order today regarding school board elections. It gives school boards the opportunity to use mail-in ballots for their elections to avoid people going to polling places.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND has announced it is waiving ALL out of pocket costs for individuals needing testing or treatment relating to COVID-19. More information on BCBS website here.
The Governor set out guidelines for grocery shopping reminding people to social distance, use sanitizing wipes, shorten their time in the store, and send just one person.
The Workforce Coordination Center is still looking for additional volunteers. More information here.
There is no update yet on when North Dakota may see the peak of the virus.
The briefing tomorrow will be at 3:30 to avoid conflict with the White House briefing.
More information can be found here: ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources
- Government Offices: Access to government offices remains restricted to employees and necessary personnel. In addition, many employees are working from home. The state will continue to monitor the situation but encourages anyone who can work from home to do so.
- Health Department: Health Department COVID-19 reports are now just once a day at 11 a.m. with only one update per day.
- Department 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 is closed to the public and will be offering CDL services by appointment only; the Governor is looking at working with DOT to advance road projects that were slated for summer 2021 to have them start in 2020. He believes it is an appropriate time to do so given less traffic, the need for jobs, as well as a good time to bond and build. He is looking into emergency authority to bond and also working closely with BND and the State Investment Board to review options.
- Job Service/Unemployment: The current total since March 16th is 30,047.
- Insurance: Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced the issuance of seven bulletins in response to executive orders made by Governor Doug Burgum and in the interest of protecting North Dakotans during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. They can be viewed here.
- Cybersecurity: Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford, along with North Dakota’s Joint Information Center leadership team provided information regarding widespread phishing and social engineering attacks malicious actors are using to exploit the coronavirus pandemic. 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: All public and private schools are closed until further notice. Schools will start remote learning on April 1. Schools are not restarting or reopening school buildings unless they are providing K-5th childcare for essential workers. Every school district has until June 30 to complete their school year. The executive order limiting access to schools has been revised to allow schools to be used for daycare purposes. You can find regular updates on schools here.
- Legislative Update: No new update.
- Business/Travel closure Updates:
- Travel Update: Information on the Dept of Health Confinement Order of 3/29/20 can be found here. Read the official Confinement Order here.
- Restaurants/Bars: By executive order, all bars and restaurant dine-in operations are ordered closed. Delivery, curbside, and takeout are still allowed and encouraged. The order has been amended requiring these establishments to remain closed until April 20th.
- Athletic Clubs/Movie theaters/Cosmetology businesses, etc.: All have been ordered closed by executive order.
News stories from around the state:
Grand Forks Herald