• ​September 14 Press Conference Summary

    ​September 14 Press Conference Summary

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota: 15,831 total positive cases, 2,758 active confirmed cases, 12,903 recovered, 170 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum

    Focus: Cases per capita vs total number of cases

    • Last week’s positive rate is 5.2% 2,049 positives out of 39,125 tests last week 
      • We are one of four states that track the number of unique people tested.
      • Nationally, the number of daily positive tests is dropping.
      • UND and NDSU staff and students are assisting with testing and contact tracing.
    • 14 day rolling average has been relatively flat at 5.65% since early September
    • North Dakota has the second highest testing per capita rate after NY.
      • Discussion about the fact that we are conducting many tests per capita and that gives us large numbers, but not necessarily a high positivity rate.
    • 49 of 53 counties have at least one active case.
      • Burleigh-Morton is the highest concentration 513-Burleigh, 216-Morton, 729-Total.
      • The 8 counties with the largest metro areas represent 82% of the active cases.
        • Practice good hygiene if you are spending time in these counties.
    Additional points of note:
    • County Risk Level update – no changes.
      • Talked about the importance of controlling the spread in long term care and schools
      • People who are currently positive need to be diligent about isolation
      • Smart Restart Guidance updates. Businesses in moderate risk areas should:
        • More emphasis on face coverings to mitigate spreading
        • Prescreening and monitoring symptoms of employees
        • Emphasis on cleaning and sanitizing
    • Hospitalizations are also staying relatively flat at 65 people since the end of August
    • The Census Bureau is conducting door to door work to get non-responding households to respond to the Census.
      • If you do not want an in-person visitor, complete the Census.
      • 64.3% of ND households have responded. 
    Other issues covered:  Mainstreet Summit will be virtual from October 6-7, September is Suicide Awareness month. 134 North Dakotans died by suicide last year and 1,194 attempted suicide. ND. Through EMAC North Dakota firefighters are going to Oregon to help with the wildfires there. ND DOT received a $22 million federal BUILD Grant to raise roads that need to be raised in ND