• September 3 Press Conference Summary

    September 3 Press Conference Summary

    Current COVID-19 Case Numbers in North Dakota: 12,639 total positive cases, 2,437 active confirmed cases, 10,051 recovered, 150 deaths
    Speakers: Governor Burgum

    Focus: Caution over Labor Day weekend for university students

    • University students can prevent spreading COVID by staying on campus during the Labor Day weekend. This will stop them from taking COVID home, especially since younger people are less likely to show symptoms.
    • Shared examples of activities North Dakota universities have planned for students who stay.
    • If you are not staying on campus, especially those with high positive numbers, please be careful and protect those around you.
    Additional points of note:
    • ​Positives
      • 49 of 53 ND counties have at least one active case 
        • Active cases are an important number – active cases can spread COVID
        • High testing numbers give help us to know who is positive and can spread COVID, high numbers on campus likely equals high numbers in that community
      • Some of the highest 14 day rolling averages in US are in the Midwest now. 14.7% SD and 11.2% in IA
      • Our 14-day rolling average has been rising. 4.94% right now. (available at same link that has the numbers at the top)
      • ND has a relatively high number of positives, but we also have a high number of daily tests. We are conducting anywhere from 3 to 5 times the number of tests compared to other states in the area.
      • We are trying to be proactive about testing and behavior to avoid deaths.
    • Implementing county by county guidance with new risk levels. Changes take effect oat 5:00pm on Friday September 4. 
    • Appointment of Dr. Paul G. Mariani to post of Interim State Health Officer.
      • Previously worked at Fargo VA.
      • Will begin on September 14.
    • New Executive Orders
    • Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grant awarded ND $4million to address opioid overdose-related deaths
    • FEMA approved application for grant funds to provide an additional $300/week to qualified unemployment claimants. Payments to go out to about 17,000 North Dakotans $14.7 million in payments will be disbursed. 
    Other issues covered: Care 19 alert and Care 19 diary update - Using the apps can help to save lives, your personal information is safe, comments on opioid addiction (behavioral health)