Bismarck  (CSi)  Governor Doug Burgum, Monday afternoon held his weekly COVID-19 News Briefing from the state capitol in Bismarck.

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Burgum said saving lives and livelihood, includes metal health as well as physical health well being.  He said more schools are holding classes in school buildings  as opposed to distance learning.

He added that some school districts are short of teachers.

He pointed out that protecting  the most vulnerable population is continuing, including protecting healthcare workers, in long term care facilities, adding though, staff positive tests reflects the COVID -19 over all cases in the community, reflecting community spread.

He repeated the #NDSmart Restart guidelines.

Burgum said, those positive with COVID-19 need to stay diligent, in staying in isolation,  including those that have been in close contract with a positive individual.


COVID-19 Stats

Mon. Sept 14, 2020

Posted 11-a.m.


New Positives  3

Total Positives  198

Active Cases  70

Recovered  128



New Positives  5

Total Positives  455

Active Cases  160

Recovered 292

More information, pending

COVID-19 Test Results
The results listed are from the previous day. Additional data can be found on the NDDoH website.


4,266 – Total Tests from Yesterday*

546,127 – Total tests completed since pandemic began

255 – Positive Individuals from Yesterday*****

15,831 – Total positive individuals since pandemic began

6.44% – Daily Positivity Rate**


2,758 – Total Active Cases

+4 Individuals from yesterday

161 – Individuals Recovered from Yesterday****

12,903 – Total recovered since pandemic began

65 – Currently Hospitalized

+ 3 – Individuals from yesterday

2 – New Deaths*** (170 total deaths since the pandemic began)


  • Woman in her 90s from Burleigh County with underlying health conditions.
  • Woman in her 80s from Eddy County with underlying health conditions.


  • Barnes County – 3
  • Benson County – 3
  • Burleigh County – 42
  • Cass County – 80
  • Dunn County – 2
  • Eddy County – 1
  • Emmons County – 2
  • Grand Forks County – 32
  • Griggs County – 1
  • Hettinger County – 2
  • McKenzie County – 2
  • Mercer County – 5
  • Morton County – 13
  • Mountrail County – 2
  • Ramsey County – 1
  • Richland County – 2
  • Rolette County – 1
  • Sargent County – 1
  • Sioux County – 1
  • Stark County – 34
  • Stutsman County – 5
  • Traill County – 1
  • Ward County – 6
  • Williams County – 13


* Note that this does not include individuals from out of state and has been updated to reflect the most recent information discovered after cases were investigated.

**Individuals who tested positive divided by the total number of people tested who have not previously tested positive (susceptible encounters).

*** Number of individuals who tested positive and died from any cause while infected with COVID-19.
The daily numbers are the actual date individuals are officially out of isolation and no longer contagious.

******Totals may be adjusted as individuals are found to live out of state, in another county, or as other information is found during investigation.

For descriptions of these categories, visit the NDDoH dashboard.

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Burgum pointed out those living in counties with fewer that 80 active cases should take extra care in traveling to counties with higher positive cases.

He updated the changes in COVID-19 tracing, project as reported earlier, with the positive rates being reported more accurately, nationally, including positive cases per capita, relative to testing.

Bugum added, that UND and NDSU labs will become certified in conducting COVID-19 testing, being certified.

He said no changes are being made in the current risk levels by county.

However two counties with a high number of active cases are being followed, including Stark and Williams County, through the Department of Emergency Services the State Health Department, and National Guard.

Burgum stressed that voluntarily wearing face masks and observing social distancing is the best way for businesses to slow the spread of the virus, including protecting employees, and customers, and keeping businesses open, especially, in high risk counties.

With behavior health issues, Burgum pointed out that September is Nation Suicide prevention awareness month  He said the North Dakota suicide rate, is 25 percent higher than the national average.    On line visit,  The 24 hour toll free help and support phone number is -1-800-273-TALK.

With the 2020 census Stutsman County responses are at 70.8-percent, in the top three counties in the state for responses.

Burgum added that September is also National Preparedness Month, for awareness of being prepared for natural disasters.   He said the North Dakota Firefighters Task Force is sending representatives to the fire ravaged state of Oregon, from Williston, Grand Forks, and Fargo.

Burgum has approved an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).An EMAC is an emergency response mechanism that allows states to send personnel, equipment and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states.

North Dakota is sending a task force comprised of 12 firefighters and one task force leader from the Williston, Grand Forks and Fargo fire departments. The team assembled Monday in Bismarck for coordinating instructions and to be issued additional equipment through the North Dakota Forest Service. They are convoying to Oregon with three firetrucks and two support vehicles, including a command trailer. The team is led by Jason Catrambone of the Williston Fire Department.

The next Governor’s News Briefing is planned for 10-AM, on Wednesday September 23.