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North Dakota Development Fund Board votes to extend initial payment suspension

Friday, April 17, 2020 – 03:28pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that the North Dakota Development Fund (NDDF) Board voted to extend the initial 30-day loan suspension for an additional two months. The extension suspends all payments for both principal and interest for all outstanding NDDF loans for an additional 60 days, effective April 16.


WIC is open for business

Friday, April 17, 2020 – 03:13pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continues to be open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Theodore Roosevelt National Park Closed Through May 9th to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020 – 10:12am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Effective immediately, Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be closed to recreational use until further notice. The temporary closure includes visitor centers, facilities, trails, and campgrounds. East River Road in Billings County will remain accessible to local residential traffic. The purpose of the park closure is to safeguard the public and slow the spread of COVID-19 in response to guidance from state, county, and local health officials. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority.


North Dakota finalizes hospital surge plan for COVID-19 response

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 05:38pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Gov. Doug Burgum and Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller today outlined the finalized hospital surge plan for North Dakota, expressing confidence that the state has the hospital capacity it needs to handle a surge in COVID-19 patients if one should occur.


North Dakota finalizes hospital surge plan for COVID-19 response

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 05:00pm

Categories: Coronavirus

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and Chief Operating Officer Tammy Miller today outlined the finalized hospital surge plan for North Dakota, expressing confidence that the state has the hospital capacity it needs to handle a surge in COVID-19 patients if one should occur.


Behavioral health professionals provide vital services to North Dakotans

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 04:09pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Behavioral health is health. In this time of uncertainty, the services and support provided by behavioral health professionals are even more essential to individuals’ well-being. The North Dakota Department of Human Services would like to thank all of the behavioral health professionals who continue to serve individuals and families in North Dakota.


North Dakota students receive national awards, compete in online cybersecurity competition

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 01:52pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley today congratulated ten North Dakota students who received national recognition by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), as well as Valley City State University student Shane Hitch who was a top-five finisher in a Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition hosted by NICERC, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. The CTF was held in conjunction with the first-of-its-kind technology focused, multi-industry career expo, Dakota Strike, scheduled for April 8 at the Fargodome, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Tufte amends order to quarantine for individuals returning to North Dakota

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 08:34pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte today amended an order originally signed on March 28 directing individuals to quarantine for 14 days if traveling back to North Dakota from all international locations and states in the United States. In addition, Tufte also clarified an order relating to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread across North Dakota, staying home as much as possible continues to be one of the best ways to reduce your exposure to COVID-19,” said Tufte.


Citizens, Team ND members urged to follow safety precautions when using video conferencing tools

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 11:01am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Ford and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler today alerted the public to new cybersecurity threats tied to video conferencing platforms, like Zoom, which are becoming increasingly popular given the global increase in remote work and learning environments. North Dakota Information Technology’s Cyber Operations Center has also issued a security risk assessment and associated guidelines for video conferencing platforms that can be accessed at this link.


North Dakota launches Care19 app to combat COVID-19

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 03:46pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Today Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) in partnership with ProudCrowd, creators of the popular Bison Tracker app, launched a free mobile app, Care19, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota.


Non-essential ag activities and events should be canceled or postponed

Monday, April 6, 2020 – 04:59pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

While agriculture and food have been deemed essential industries by the Department of Homeland Security, agriculture-related activities and events that are not essential to the process of producing food and feed should be canceled or postponed to a later date.


Beekeepers essential to food production

Monday, April 6, 2020 – 04:56pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Agriculture and food have been deemed essential industries by the Department of Homeland Security, and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring reminds people that beekeepers and their employees are included in that definition.


Game and Fish revokes fishing tournament permits

Monday, April 6, 2020 – 10:34am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has revoked all fishing tournaments for April and May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


NDDOT offering limited MV large truck services by appointment

Monday, April 6, 2020 – 10:29am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is now scheduling limited Motor Vehicle large truck services by appointment only in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor’s emergency declaration. NDDOT has adjusted our services to support the continued movement of commerce and agricultural commodities which are critical to our state and nation. 


Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 10:52am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Below are the COVID-19 positive test results as of April 4, 2020.


Protocols for workers arriving from other countries, states

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 05:08pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Employers should follow certain protocols if they have workers coming from other countries and/or states during this pandemic. Agriculture, construction, and other seasonal workers will soon enter North Dakota for spring employment, and state agencies and associations urge them to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.


ND Human Services to issue extra SNAP benefits for March and April

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 01:18pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic with funding from Congress included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and support from the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture – Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), the North Dakota Department of Human Services will be issuing extra Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for March and April to some SNAP households in the state.


Paddlefish snagging harvest season canceled

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 12:51pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota 2020-22 fishing proclamation has been amended and the state Game and Fish Department is canceling the upcoming paddlefish snagging harvest season due to the coronavirus pandemic.


State agencies promote benefits of outdoor recreation

Friday, April 3, 2020 – 10:43am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

While the upcoming weekend weather doesn’t necessarily remind us of spring, warmer weather is just around the corner. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, people naturally want to head outdoors. But this year it’s not business as usual.


NDDOT delivers medical supplies to combat COVID-19

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 04:06pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) employees teamed up with the North Dakota Department of Health this week to deliver medical supplies to hospitals around the state.


ND Medicaid to host webinar on April 3 to share information on Medicaid services and COVID-19

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 09:16am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

North Dakota Medicaid will hold a third webinar on Friday, April 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time, to provide updated information and answer Medicaid-related questions concerning Medicaid services and COVID-19. North Dakota Medicaid providers, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders are invited to participate.


Help Us Help You! Updates from NDCA

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 04:55pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Kim Konikow, Executive Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) today announced several updates and assistance available to the arts and cultural sector.


Burgum announces Workforce Coordination Center to serve emergency needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 05:36pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Gov. Doug Burgum today announced the activation of North Dakota’s Workforce Coordination Center (WCC) to serve emergency workforce needs in support of health care providers, industries and agencies affected by COVID-19. Those who are out of work, retired or just want to help are asked to consider volunteering during this emergency situation. The WCC is seeking both volunteers and paid staff.


Some state facilities implement public screening process

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 03:10pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette announced today that the North Dakota State Capitol and select locations of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will begin implementing a COVID-19 public screening processes.


Some state facilities implement public screening process

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 03:09pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette announced today that the North Dakota State Capitol and select locations of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will begin implementing a COVID-19 public screening processes.


Insurance Commissioner issues bulletins to protect North Dakotans during COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 03:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today 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. COVID-19 is a highly contagious, viral disease for which the only known method of prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus by reducing contact with other individuals.


UPDATED: NDDOT offering CDL services by appointment only

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 11:44am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is now scheduling appointments for commercial driver license (CDL) knowledge and road tests, as well as adding endorsements. CDL services are available by appointment only and walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling NDDOT at 701-328-3489 or toll free 1-855-633-6835. Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Rebuilders Loan payments may be deferred six months

Monday, March 30, 2020 – 08:11am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Bank of North Dakota, in conjunction with local financial institutions, is allowing any borrower who received a Rebuilders Loan after the 2011 flood event to defer payments for six months.


NDDOT offering CDL services by appointment only

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 05:01pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is now scheduling appointments for commercial driver license (CDL) knowledge and road tests, as well as adding endorsements. CDL services are available by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. 


​​​​​​​North Dakota Department of Health reports first death related to COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 11:14am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) today reported the first confirmed death of a North Dakota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred in a man in his 90s from Cass County who had underlying health conditions and acquired COVID-19 through community spread, meaning the source of infection was unknown.


Missouri River system boat ramp status

Friday, March 27, 2020 – 01:03am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Anglers looking to enjoy the nice weather this weekend by fishing open water on the Missouri River System can check the status of boat ramps at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov.


REAL ID deadline extended to October 2021

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 04:02pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID deadline enforcement one-year from the current October 1, 2020, deadline to October 1, 2021.


Game and Fish reminds anglers to keep social distance

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 12:45pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

With a pleasant weekend in the forecast and a lot of North Dakotans anxious to do something outside, the State Game and Fish Department reminds anglers to practice social distancing, whether it’s on shore, from a boat or on the ice.


ND Medicaid receives waiver to implement temporary program changes to address COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 08:19am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Human Services has received a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily ease select Medicaid requirements to ensure sufficient health care services and resources are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in the program.


Ton Mile Fee Refund Process

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 01:32pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

On March 24, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum signed an Executive Order removing spring weight restrictions on state highways. This order will result in purchasers receiving a refund on permits for ton mile fees on spring weight restrictions for loads starting on or after March 24. Haulers who purchased an oversize permit with a start date of March 24, 2020 or later, that incurred ton mile fees due to spring weight restrictions will automatically receive a refund. The refund could take up to two weeks to process. Contact NDHP Permits for questions about these refunds by emailing ndhppermits@nd.gov or calling (701) 328-2621.


Capitol lighting will honor #aworldofhearts Facebook campaign

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 11:31am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Capitol building in Bismarck will light up tonight as part of the #aworldofhearts Facebook campaign that has developed a worldwide following in the five days since its launch in Bismarck.


State Superintendent, Governor seek testing waiver

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 04:29pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

State School Superintendent and Gov. Doug Burgum have collaborated on a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive all federally mandated student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.


Bank of North Dakota announces student loan relief options

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 03:19pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

Bank of North Dakota (BND) shared its student loan relief plans to assist borrowers impacted by COVID-19 with the Industrial Commission today. Effective immediately, borrowers may request to defer payments for six months.


Human Services’ public behavioral health clinics continue to serve vulnerable North Dakotans

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 09:57am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The coronavirus continues to disrupt lives and cause stress, anxiety and fear. In response, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ eight regional human service clinics and their four satellite clinics are continuing to provide medically-necessary behavioral health services to vulnerable North Dakotans. The clinics located in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston with satellite clinics in Grafton, Rolla, Valley City and the Off Main location in Fargo, offer behavioral health services focused on chronic disease management and behavioral health crises.


Guidelines being developed to ensure child care for essential workers through COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 12:00am

Categories: all, Coronavirus

North Dakota has launched a rapid planning process to develop operating guidelines to ensure that child care is available for health care and other essential workers through the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Doug Burgum said today. The planning process began over the weekend and is focused on three objectives, he said.


Human service zones continue to provide vital services, but close to the public

Monday, March 23, 2020 – 03:44pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus

The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the 19 human service zones, formerly called county social service offices, have closed their administrative offices to the public but are continuing to provide vital human services. Department staff who work in the counties and human service zone offices and team members are continuing to provide all services by working on-site or remotely to practice social distancing.


State health officials confirm eight additional cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota, make changes to testing prioritization

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 10:40am

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed eight additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in residents from Burleigh and Morton counties. Six individuals have a history of travel and two individuals are community spread. So far in North Dakota, 508 individuals have been tested, 493 were negative, 15 are positive and 1 of the individuals is hospitalized.   


UPDATED: State health officials confirm four additional cases of novel coronavirus in North Dakota

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 08:15pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) today confirmed four additional cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in residents from Cass, Ward and Burleigh counties. All the individuals have a travel history to impacted areas. So far in North Dakota, 253 individuals have been tested, 248 were negative and 5 are positive. 


Burgum orders K-12 schools to close for one week in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 09:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

By executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum today ordered the closure of North Dakota K-12 schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on guidance from public school superintendents, medical experts and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  


Burgum, Department of Health release recommendations for events and public gatherings

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 10:00pm

Categories: Coronavirus

Gov. Doug Burgum, in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), released recommendations today for events and public gatherings in light of the spread of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

The recommendations outline different strategies for events and public gatherings based on three levels of risk, or thresholds.


State health officials release recommendations for long-term care facilities

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 09:30am

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health is meeting this morning with long-term care providers to discuss details of a memo sent Thursday highlighting guidance for long-term care facilities to protect their residents from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


ND Emergency Commission votes to accept federal funds for COVID-19 response

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 01:40pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted today to accept up to $6 million in federal funds to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation last week appr


Travelers returning from China, Iran, Italy and Korea should stay home for 14 days to self-monitor for COVID-19

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – 04:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is asking travelers returning from countries with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) level 3 or 2 travel warnings to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals should limit their exposure within their communities and, depending on the country visited, stay home for 14 days. Currently, these countries include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.


NDDoH COVID-19 Press Conference with Governor Doug Burgum

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 11:00pm

Categories: Coronavirus

The ND Department of Health hosted a press conference on Tuesday, March 3, with Governor Doug Burgum to discuss COVID-19 and the state’s readiness, prevention and response efforts.


Governor Burgum and state health officials empower North Dakotans to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 02:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

Gov. Doug Burgum and other state officials today provided an update and highlighted statewide efforts in response to COVID-19. No cases have been reported in North Dakota and the risk remains low; however, ongoing community spread has been identified in multiple other states. North Dakotans play a key role in reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the state.


COVID-19 Press Briefing – February 28

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 08:00am

Categories: Coronavirus

On Friday, February 28, the NDDoH conducted a press briefing on COVID-19 with remarks from Kirby Kruger, director of the Division of Disease Control, and Tim Wiedrich, section chief of Health Resources & Response and questions from ND media.


COVID-19 Video Update – February 27

Monday, March 2, 2020 – 11:00pm

Categories: Coronavirus

Michelle Dethloff from the NDDoH Division of Disease Control brings you the latest information on COVID-19, including information on potential community transmission of the novel coronavirus in the USA and the CDC’s international advisories.


Health officials prepare for spread of new coronavirus, or COVID-19

Friday, February 28, 2020 – 02:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to proactively and carefully monitor travelers from China in North Dakota daily and plan for community spread of COVID-19. Currently, nine individuals are being monitored and zero cases of COVID-19 have been reported in North Dakota. The term “monitoring” means the individual has a travel history from China but does not currently have any symptoms.


North Dakota Department of Health Monitors Novel Coronavirus

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 12:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to provide surveillance to more quickly identify people infected with coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The NDDoH has received notifications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding people arriving in North Dakota from China and is actively monitoring these individuals daily.


State health officials continue to monitor coronavirus

Friday, January 31, 2020 – 09:00am

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) continues to engage in a coordinated statewide response with local, state and private partners to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. The risk of coronavirus infection for people in the United States remains low. Currently there are no persons under investigation in North Dakota.


State health officials prepare for new coronavirus

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 01:00pm

Categories: all, Coronavirus, Emergency Response, Healthy Living, Infectious Disease

With recent cases of 2019 novel coronavirus being reported in several countries, including the U.S., North Dakota health officials are working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the situation. There are no suspect or confirmed cases in North Dakota at this time. So far in the United States there have been five people from four states reported to be infected.  No fatalities have been reported and all five people had traveled to the Wuhan area.


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