Gov. Doug Burgum today was joined by local leaders in announcing a new Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force to address an increasing concentration of COVID-19 case numbers in Cass County.
- Prevention measures and testing, including a focused testing strategy that will focus on high-risk populations, including residents and staff in long-term care facilities and congregate living settings. The testing strategy was developed with local public health officials, the state’s advising physicians and North Dakota Department of Health Disease Control experts.
- Contact tracing, expanding the number of individuals doing contact tracing including engaging local nonprofit organizations to assist.
- Support for isolation and quarantine, increasing access to community resources and wrap around services for non-hospitalized positive COVID-19 cases and their close contacts.
- Doug Murphy, regional coordinator, Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- Nicole Crutchfield, Fargo Planning Department
- Tammy Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Governor’s Office
- Mylynn Tufte, State Health Officer
- Chris Jones, Executive Director, North Dakota Department of Human Services.
The task force plans to coordinate with representatives from Clay County, Minn., and the State of Minnesota, as success will depend on an integrated plan, Burgum said.
The North Dakota Department of Health today confirmed 57 additional cases of COVID-19 out of 2,211 tests, a new high for total tested in a single day. The daily positive test rate was 2.6 percent. The state’s confirmed cases now total 1,323, including 710 active cases. Thirty-two people are currently hospitalized and 31 people with COVID-19 have passed away, including six deaths reported today, a single-day high since the pandemic began. Burgum extended his deepest condolences to the families of those who passed away and to all those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.