• November 9 Press Conference Summary

    November 9 Press Conference Summary

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota55,458 total positive cases, 10,865 active confirmed cases, 43,949 recovered, 644 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum

    Focus: Risk Level Increase and Hospitals at capacity with COVID & non-COVID patients

    • Our hospitals are under enormous stress.
      • The growth of these cases has caused hospitals to suspend elective surgeries and implement their surge plans.
        • Individuals should continue to seek regular outpatient care and reduce urgent and non-emergent services in hospitals
        • Follow public health protocols (Physical distance/ masks/hand hygiene) to reduce the spread.
      • Today, about 80% of our hospital capacity is taken up by non-COVID patients and 20% for COVID patients, but our hospitals are at capacity.
      • Average length of (hospital) stay is now under 7 days.
    • Capacity includes both beds and staff. Both are stressed.
    • Chris Jones will be holding daily stand up meetings among management teams from the major hospital organizations in North Dakota.
    Additional points of note:
    • Cases
      • March 11 first case. It took 7 months to get to 5,000 cases and 3 weeks later we were at 10,000.
        • Transmissible moments can take place before symptoms show.
      • Active cases in people over 65 has risen dramatically
    • New Risk Levels - ENTIRE STATE = SAME LEVEL
    • Additional testing using BinaxNOW tests to get people back to work sooner.
    Other issues covered: Think ahead and be careful leading up to Thanksgiving if you plan to get together with family. Get your flu shot. Behavioral health assistance is available. Veterans Day is Wednesday.