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, North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified …, Wholesale: Personal Protective Equipment Store

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North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified Command meets










, North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified …, Wholesale: Personal Protective Equipment Store

The latest North Dakota coronavirus news: State operations, NDSU nursing.

COVID-19 Unified Command

Gov. Doug Burgum on Saturday convened members of the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command, which he activated Friday as he declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Unified Command is led by State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte and the North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann. Members include Cabinet leaders, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

Members on Saturday discussed actions taken to slow the spread of coronavirus and how to continue and expand upon the efforts of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center, which has been in place since January.

The department over the past week hosted several virtual meetings with more than 3,500 total participants to provide updates, answer questions and recommend steps they can take to prepare. Those groups include health care, physicians, long-term care, business, faith-based organizations, K-12 education, university systems, corrections and rehabilitation, tribal partners, community leaders and others.

NDSU Nursing at Sanford

North Dakota State University Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck is following the same process as the main campus in Fargo.

Students who are leaving for spring break this week should plan not to return for an additional two weeks, according to Wendy Kopp, director and associate professor of practice.

Classes will not be held on site the weeks of March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. Faculty will determine how best to use technology to enable students to continue their coursework. Clinical experiences for Bismarck nursing students will continue at Sanford Health. Any off-site clinical training for prelicensure or advanced practice students will continue at the discretion of the provider organization. 

About 220 nursing students are enrolled on site.

IT Committee postponed

The Legislature’s interim Information Technology Committee won’t meet Monday as scheduled.

Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, who chairs the committee, said the group of state lawmakers is “postponing indefinitely” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee is the second one to cancel a meeting set for this week; five interim legislative committees were scheduled to meet this week, including the 42-member Budget Section.

“Certainly don’t want anyone to take any unnecessary risks related to their health. But also it’s not prudent to tie up so many (Information Technology Department) senior staff members during this stage of the declared emergency,” Mock said in a text message.

Mock said the committee will reschedule “once we have more accurate and predictable information.”

North Dakota virus numbers

North Dakota has one confirmed presumptive case of COVID-19, in a Ward County man in his 60s who was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.

The health department has tested 100 people for the virus. Ninety-five results came back negative, and four are pending.

Coronavirus FAQ

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has spread worldwide. The new virus causes a disease known as COVID-19. The virus is part of a larger family of coronaviruses, which can lead to illnesses ranging from a mild common cold to more severe respiratory diseases such as SARS and MERS.

Who is at risk and what are the symptoms?

Public health experts say the new coronavirus is more contagious than the seasonal flu. The majority of people who become sick experience mild symptoms, but some become more seriously ill. People who contract the virus can develop pneumonia, and some have died. People who are elderly or have underlying medical issues are at greater risk of becoming more severely sick. Symptoms of the virus include a cough, fever and shortness of breath.

What should I do if I develop symptoms?

The North Dakota Department of Health advises that people call their health care provider to tell them about recent travel or exposure, and to follow their guidance. Try to avoid contact with other people in the meantime.

What can I do to prevent the virus from spreading?

The health department advises that people wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds. People who are sick should stay home from work or school, both to protect themselves and others with whom they would come in contact. Avoid touching your face, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or an elbow, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, and avoid contact with people who are sick.

Where can I find more information?

People with coronavirus-related questions can call the state health department hotline at 866-207-2880. Those who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.

The health department’s online coronavirus page: www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online coronavirus page: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov



, North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified …, Wholesale: Personal Protective Equipment Store

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, North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified …, Wholesale: Personal Protective Equipment Store

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials began outlining worst-case scenarios — including building temporary hospitals in Bismarck and Fargo …

North Dakota now has 45 cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, with 8 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

State COVID-19 total rises to 68; governor shuts down personal care service businesses like hair salons, quashes shutdown rumors

Bismarck State College is under consideration to be converted to a field hospital as North Dakota COVID-19 case total reaches 94.

North Dakota now has 45 cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, with 8 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.


, North Dakota coronavirus news, March 15: COVID-19 Unified …, Wholesale: Personal Protective Equipment Store

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