Local COVID-19 updates

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UND is suspending all hands-on flight training in its Department of Aviation.

Interim president Dr. Joshua Wynne says he made the decision in accordance with CDC recommendations on social distancing.

Wynne said, as a practicing physician and certified pilot, he “cannot, in good conscience, allow flight training to resume… while promoting the safety and wellbeing of students and campus community.”

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The Alerus Center has announced it will remain closed to the public, with events canceled through April 6.

Originally, the facility canceled events through March 31.

The policy will be re-evaluated daily as officials monitor the coronavirus situation.

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Altru Hospital has announced new restrictions on visitors:

No visitors are allowed in the emergency department, but if a patient requires assistance or a driver, exemptions for one visitor may be made.

No visitors in inpatient units, but some exceptions may be made by clinical administration.

Only one visitor is allowed in OB and Labor & Delivery units, procedural departments, the Family Birthing Center and for clinic appointments.

Two visitors are allowed in the NICU and Pediatric Unit (Parent/Guardian only) and procedural departments for patients under age 18.

· All visitors and patients will continue to be screened upon entering Altru facilities.

· Visitors should not have symptoms of respiratory infection such as a cough, shortness of breath or a fever.

· No visitors under age 18.

· Exceptions may be made by clinical administration for critical illness or end of life situations.

In addition, Altru will limit non-Altru staff from attending meetings, volunteer activities and events at Altru locations now through April 12. These limitations will include outside vendors and contractors that are non-essential to patient care or business operations. We will also be prioritizing virtual meetings and rescheduling, canceling or adjusting any meetings or events involving more than 20 people.

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North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department reminds anglers to practice social distancing, whether it’s on shore, from a boat or on the ice.

Game and Fish Director Terry Steinwand says a good rule of thumb is … if you are shore fishing, and can reach out with your fishing rod and touch the person next to you, you are too close.

Over the next several weeks, Game and Fish will keep an eye on popular shore-fishing areas to assess the level of activity. Steinwand said if it appears that distancing recommendations are not being followed, Game and Fish might consider closing access to high traffic areas because of the risk involved.

So far, Game and Fish has not restricted access to its public outdoor facilities such as wildlife management areas and fishing waters, but its office buildings are currently closed to public traffic.

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