ND COVID-19 cases rise to 45
Pat Sweeney | Mar 25, 2020 AT 5:43 pm
North Dakota now has 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Gov. Doug Burgum says the state Department of Health confirmed nine new cases in the past day…
Three of the cases are from Cass County – two men in their 50s and a woman in her 50s….
Two are from Ramsey … a man in his 60s, and a woman in her 70s…
Two from Stark… a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 60s…
One from Foster…a man in his 50s…
And one from Morton…a man in his 30s.
The woman from Ramsey County and the two Stark County cases are due to community spread. One Cass County case is travel-related…the rest are under investigation.
This means 10 North Dakota counties have confirmed cases.
So far, 1,955 people have been tested in North Dakota. 1,910 tests were negative.
Burgum compared the fight against COVID-19 to flood preparations.
He said a flood can be beyond one’s control… but in this case…people have a choice.
“We can be grateful that in North Dakota, we have more days to prepare (for the virus),” Burgum said. “New York last week thought they had 53,000 beds, then they put out an order that they needed 110,000 beds and now, they’re asking for 140,000 or 150,000 beds and they’re trying to turn convention centers into hospitals.
“They’re past that point where they have the time to be able to try to build (a defense). We still have some extra days here.”
Meanwhile, Burgum issued an executive order providing workers’ compensation to first responders and health care providers who contract the coronavirus while on the job.
“Currently, North Dakota workers’ comp law does not cover viruses,” Burgum said. “(The order) is intended to cover firefighters, law enforcement, ambulance service providers, including our volunteer rural ambulance providers, medical service providers, volunteer first responders – all those critical in the fight against COVID-19.”
Burgum also said 11,700 North Dakotans filed for unemployment insurance in the past week…he says that’s a record.