• ​October 23 Press Conference Summary

    ​October 23 Press Conference Summary

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota: 35,939 total positive cases, 6,363 active confirmed cases, 29,136 recovered, 440 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, Chris Jones – Director ND Department of Health

    Focus: Governor Issues Thanksgiving Challenge:

    • Lower COVID numbers between now and Thanksgiving
    • be conscious of stopping the spread 
    Additional points of note:
    • All 53 counties have at least one active COVID 19 case
      • No changes in county risk levels this week.
    • 14-day rolling average infection rate 10.1% / 7-day positively rate 11.3%
      • ND completed 799,000 total tests / tested 279,000 individuals
    • 2/3 of North Dakotans are affected by underlying health conditions
      • The underlying health condition statement will be removed from the COVID related deaths listed in the COVID press releases
    • A new school dashboard has been created to show K-12 COVID 19 related information. 
    • Emergency commission approved the reallocation of $211 million of CARES Act funds from other unutilized sources.
      • Budget Section must give final approval, October 28. 
      • K-12 SCHOOLS - $33 million in new funding
      • HOSPITALITY - $29 million in new funding
      • HEALTH CARE - $10 million to large referral hospitals
      • LAW ENFORCEMENT- $61 million for local payroll support
      • ENERGY RESILIENCE - $16 million funding to support jobs
      • BUSINESS DEBT RELIEF - $20 million in new funding
      • HUMAN SERVICES - $15.8 million for child care, long-term care, behavioral health, rent assistance, and food security
    Other issues covered: Recovery Reinvented – October 28