North Dakota - COVID-19 Covered

North Dakota

Total Cases: 7,970 (August 12)
Tests Administered: 171,858 (August 11)
Fatalities: 120 (August 12)
Testing:
  • A list of North Dakota COVID-19 testing sites can be found here 
  • The North Dakota University System (NDUS), in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health, is arranging mass testing events for COVID-19 in multiple locations across the state. Current students, incoming students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get tested. (August 4 

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 
  • The Governor signed 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 (EO 2020-08) 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:

  • 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) 
  • Free food will be distributed in Bismarck outside of Bismarck’s Kirkwood Mall on June 23 through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. (June 22) 
  • North Dakota has 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 will receive $300,000 in federal aid to combat COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. (June 1 
  • The North Dakota Emergency Commission has 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 will be leading a Special Business Briefing call on July 9 to introduce the new Economic Resiliency Grant, which is 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 may apply for funding up to $50,000 for qualifying project costs. (July 7) 
  • Governor Burgum announced that worker’s compensation benefits will be extended to funeral directors and other employees of funeral homes who contract COVID-19. (April 16) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Burgum announced a new campaign to encourage residents to wear facemasks as active COVID-19 cases reached a high on August 10. (August 11) 
  • Governor Burgum extended the renewal deadline for driver’s licenses that have expired during the COVID-19 emergency. Governor Burgum also announced a new precision online learning tool for K-12 schools and families and launched a “Mask Up ND” campaign to encourage North Dakotans to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (August 10) 
  • Governor Burgum issued an executive order instructing law enforcement to recognize any North Dakota driver’s license or state ID that expired on or after March 1 until at least August 31 due to a backlog at the Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, which reopened on June 1 after having operations limited due to COVID-19. (June 23)  
  • 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 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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