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Overwhelmed by cases, North Dakota tells residents with COVID-19 to do their own contact tracing | INFORUM

Overwhelmed by cases, North Dakota tells residents with COVID-19 to do their own contact tracing | INFORUM

Trending ArticlesBISMARCK — North Dakota is now asking residents who test positive for COVID-19 to inform their own close contacts of the diagnosis as a recent surge in new cases of the virus has overloaded the state's contact tracing operation.The state Department of Health sent out a tweet Tuesday, Oct. 20, saying contact tracers are "experiencing a backlog of COVID-19 case investigations, causing a delay in calls." The announcement advised residents who have tested positive for the virus to fill in as contact tracers themselves by telling their own close contacts to get tested. The...

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Oct 20
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North Dakota Health Council says Burgum, state officials have left group 'out of the loop' on COVID-19 | Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota Health Council says Burgum, state officials have left group 'out of the loop' on COVID-19 | Grand Forks Herald

Trending ArticlesMembers of the group also said they were frustrated by the lack of information on COVID-19 that has been provided to them. Several members said they have received no data beyond what the health department reports publicly and criticized the department's reporting of hospital bed capacity.BISMARCK — A committee of North Dakota medical professionals says Gov. Doug Burgum and health officials have left the group out of the decision-making process during the state's COVID-19 response.Members of the North Dakota Health Council met virtually for a special meeting Friday, Oct. 16,...

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Oct 17
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Fed-up doctors appeal for North Dakota leaders to promote masks: 'I am at the point of pleading' | INFORUM

Fed-up doctors appeal for North Dakota leaders to promote masks: 'I am at the point of pleading' | INFORUM

Trending ArticlesNorth Dakota’s field medical officer, Dr. Joan Connell, said residents need to open their eyes to the dire reality and wear masks in public, whether the practice is compulsory or strongly recommended.BISMARCK — With no signs that the COVID-19 outbreak in North Dakota is easing up, doctors in the state are desperately petitioning local leaders and residents to get on board with mask-wearing.Physicians and health officials have promoted masks, social distancing and hand-washing for months, but with mounting deaths in nursing homes, and record infection rates, North Dakota’s...

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Oct 14
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North Dakota not following its own criteria for COVID-19 risk levels as 'painful week' continues | INFORUM

North Dakota not following its own criteria for COVID-19 risk levels as 'painful week' continues | INFORUM

Trending ArticlesBISMARCK — As North Dakota suffers through the harshest days of the pandemic to date, Gov. Doug Burgum again declined on Thursday, Oct. 8, to bump up the COVID-19 risk level for a handful of counties with high infection rates and case counts.The lack of movement on risk levels defies the Burgum administration’s own criteria, and critics are calling the governor’s color-coded system “unscientific” and “totally arbitrary.” Five rural counties currently in the “yellow” risk level — Emmons, Dickey, Golden Valley, Grant and McHenry — meet or exceed two of the three main criteria...

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Oct 8
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North Dakota state health officer resigns after state rescinds quarantine order | INFORUM

North Dakota state health officer resigns after state rescinds quarantine order | INFORUM

Trending ArticlesBISMARCK — North Dakota interim State Health Officer Dr. Paul Mariani has resigned after less than a month on the job. He's the third person to step down from the position during the COVID-19 pandemic.The announcement of Mariani's departure on Friday evening, Sept. 25, comes a day after the state rescinded an order requiring close contacts of known COVID-19 cases to quarantine. Gov. Doug Burgum and other Republican leaders faced intense backlash after the order was expanded Wednesday. Critics of the quarantine mandate said a provision in the order that meant violators could...

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Sep 25
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North Dakota rescinds quarantine order for close contacts after public backlash | Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota rescinds quarantine order for close contacts after public backlash | Grand Forks Herald

Trending ArticlesWith the order now declared null, North Dakota is again out of step with CDC guidelines. The agency's website says close contacts should get tested for COVID-19, and "asymptomatic contacts testing negative should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure."BISMARCK — In a move that breaks with federal health guidelines, North Dakota announced late Thursday, Sept. 24, that interim State Health Officer Paul Mariani has rescinded an order that required close contacts of known COVID-19 cases to quarantine., which Mariani expanded Wednesday, mandated that residents...

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Sep 25
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Senators Hoeven, Cramer OK with vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee before election | INFORUM

Senators Hoeven, Cramer OK with vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee before election | INFORUM

Trending ArticlesPresident Donald Trump is expected to put forth a politically conservative nominee later this week to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime liberal anchor of the court who died Friday, Sept. 18.BISMARCK — Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, both North Dakota Republicans, say they would support a vote on a new U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the decisive 2020 presidential election.President Donald Trump is expected to put forth a politically conservative nominee later this week to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime liberal anchor of the court who...

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Sep 21
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