• ​October 29 Press Conference

    ​October 29 Press Conference

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota: 41,130 total positive cases, 6,771 active confirmed cases, 33,860 recovered, 499 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum

    Focus: Time to get serious about limiting the spread, increasing risk levels

    • Personal responsibility for mitigation efforts to wear masks, physical distancing, and limit large indoor gatherings.  
    • Weather and holiday season will drive more people indoors which will likely cause a rise in cases. 
    Additional points of note:
    • Risk Levels
      • 21 counties will be increasing in risk level. New risk levels goes into effect October 30 at 5:00 pm. 
      • 52 of 53 counties have at least one active COVID 19 case
    • Testing
      • Dr. Birx visited last week. Wanted to ensure ND continues to focus on finding asymptomatic cases through strategic testing.
      • 14-day rolling average infection rate 11.5% / 7-day positively rate 12.0%
      • 120,000 BinaxNOW tests coming to ND – 15-minute results. Tests will be prioritized towards long-term care, K-12 staff and higher ed staff.
    • Governor believes a vaccine will be available Q1 in 2021
    • Budget Section approved the Emergency Commission request to reallocate $211 million of  CARES Act funds from other unutilized sources.
      • $54 million for an additional Hospitality Economic Resiliency Grant – broader uses than previous ERG (payroll, utilities, rent and technology)
      • $20 million for additional funding toward CRP Grants administered by the Bank of ND. Deadline November 30
    • Governor urges people to fill-out the childcare survey. Deadline November 1st. www.ndchildcare.org or 800-997-8515 
    Other issues covered: Halloween- no in-person trick-or-treating at the Governor’s residence. Gov. Burgum’s Facebook page will host a virtual costume contest.