• May 19 Press Conference Summary

    May 19 Press Conference Summary

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota: 1,994 total positive cases, 680 active confirmed cases, 1,269 recovered, 45 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum, Kirsten Baesler-Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Jones-Executive Director ND Dept of Human Services

    Focus: Cass County testing

    • Cass County has an incidence of 3 times that of the rest of the state.
    • Targeted testing is being done to find positive individuals and get them treatment and/or proper isolation.
    • North Dakota is #2 in the nation in testing per capita and recognized as one of the best in the nation in contact tracing,
      • 14 day rolling average at is 2.5%, We have had 13 days below the peak of 713 active cases
    Additional points of note:
    • Executive Order– changes to requirements for Academic and Career and Tech Education scholarships 
    • Regular Unemployment Insurance Claims: 79,300 total 
      • Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PAU) 12,564 total
      • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (UEC) 13,350 total
      • The April unemployment rate is 9.2% up from 6.5% in March.
      • Largest decline in employment was 52% in Food and Lodging
      • 2, 400 people have gone back to work and are no longer collecting UI.
      • Employers need to review UI claim letters they receive to ensure that there are no fraudulent claims
    • Discussion of long-term care issues (testing, visitation) and forthcoming guidelines
    Other issues covered: employer toolkit, North Dakota Community Foundation have awarded a second round of grants $209,682 to 44 organizations 
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