North Dakota - COVID-19 Covered

North Dakota

Total Cases: 37,719 (October 25)
Fatalities: 456 (October 25)
Testing:
  • A list of North Dakota COVID-19 testing sites can be found here 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • No records found to date.

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • North Dakota released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here 
  • Governor Burgum issued an executive order restoring the work registration and search requirements for individuals seeking unemployment benefits, effective July 26. (July 8) 
  • Governor Burgum issued an executive order expanding eligibility of unemployment benefits related to COVID-19. Under this order, benefits paid to those affected by COVID-19 would not be charged to their former employer, individuals affected by the virus are no longer required to register for work, requalify for benefits on a weekly basis, or stipulated by the conditions of their release from employment. (March 20 
  • Governor Burgum issued an executive order that suspended unemployment tax payments and interest charges related to these taxes. (March 27) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Burgum announced that North Dakota had applied to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance program created by President Donald Trump to ease the economic burden for those who have lost their employment because of the coronavirus pandemicproviding them with an additional $300 to $400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits. (August 26) 
  • The North Dakota Emergency Commission unanimously approved a third tranche of federal funding to support the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, directing nearly $320 million to cities and counties, public health services, unemployment insurance, and other programs. (August 3) 
  • North Dakota approved an additional $401 million in federal funding to go towards the state’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery. (June 18) 
  • As part of the CARES Act, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians received $300,000 in federal aid to combat COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. (June 1) 
  • The North Dakota Emergency Commission approved using over $500 million in federal funds for COVID-19 response and recovery(May 12) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • The North Dakota Department of Commerce introduced the new Economic Resiliency Grant, which was meant to support investments in business facilities, systems, equipment or supplies to reduce the spread of infection and inspire consumer confidence. Businesses and nonprofit applicants could apply for funding up to $50,000 for qualifying project costs. (July 7) 
  • Governor Burgum announced that worker’s compensation benefits would be extended to funeral directors and other employees of funeral homes who contract COVID-19. (April 16) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health announced updated guidance for the quarantining of individuals who are identified as close contacts to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. (October 1) 
  • All North Dakota counties aimed to have in-person voting as an option during the general election, a reversal from the June primary when all polling places were closed statewide amid the coronavirus outbreak. (August 17) 
  • Governor Burgum announced the launch of the new Care19 Alert smartphone app designed to notify users of possible COVID-19 exposure while protecting their privacy with technology developed by Apple and Google. (August 13) 
  • Governor Burgum announced a new campaign to encourage residents to wear facemasks. (August 11) 
  • Governor Burgum launched a “Mask Up ND” campaign to encourage North Dakotans to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (August 10) 
  • North Dakota state offices reopened on June 1. (May 26) 
  • Governor Burgum issued an executive order allowing recreational and sports arenas and music and entertainment venues to reopen while adopting the North Dakota Smart Restart: Large Gatherings Protocol. All state workers who have been teleworking have been ordered to continue teleworking until further notice. State facility access is limited to appointment only, including the state capital. (May 15) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • The North Dakota Emergency Commission unanimously approved the reallocation of turned-back federal funding to support the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, directing nearly $221 million to K-12 school districts, cities and counties, businesses including the hospitality industry, hospitals, and other programs. (October 23)  
  • Governor Burgum announced that competitive grants are now available to K-12 school districts for developing and improving the availability of distance or remote learning techniques and technologies. (October 12) 
  • To help engage parents and children in open communication and support them through this transition, the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division created a new toolkit for parents called Parenting During a Pandemic. (August 25) 
  • Governor Burgum and state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that North Dakota is launching an effort to ease the return to school this fall. (August 20) 
  • Governor Burgum announced a new precision online learning tool for K-12 schools and families. (August 10) 
  • The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has a new resource available to help parents and caregivers in supporting children with back-to-school plans, whether that means returning to school full time, distance learning, or a hybrid model. (August 4) 
  • Governor Burgum and State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler released guidelines to help North Dakota school districts plan for reopening this fall. (July 14) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of North Dakota universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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