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Warning issued about potential rabies exposure - updated September 16

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 07:00 pm

Categories: General, Infectious Disease

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified on September 16, 2022, that the raccoon identified in connection with the incident at the Maddock Bar tested negative for rabies.

HHS issued a statement on September 13 regarding the situation, as at that time the whereabouts of the raccoon were still being determined. 

Both the original story and the update are available in this post.


HHS releases statement on bivalent COVID-19 vaccines

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Categories: Coronavirus, General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

– Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of two newly available bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single-dose booster in individuals 12 years and older.


Burgum: Health, Human Services now united as one department to serve North Dakota citizens

Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

Categories: General

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that the integration of North Dakota’s Department of Health and Department of Human Services into one Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is effective today, Sept. 1, 2022.

The agency will be led by HHS Commissioner Chris Jones. State Health Officer Dr. Nizar Wehbi will provide vision, leadership and consultation on state health priorities.

“North Dakota’s Department of Health and Department of Human Services have a long history of working together to serve North Dakotans,” Burgum said. “Today the two departments have officially integrated into one agency, and we are deeply grateful for the hard work so many team members have invested in this effort. As a unified health and human services team, HHS has the opportunity to transform the citizen experience and help North Dakota become the healthiest state in the nation.”


Agencies team up to raise awareness about drug overdoses and share prevention resources that can save lives

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 10:00 am

Categories: General

Wednesday, Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Highway Patrol and North Dakota Department of Human Services are remembering people lost to drug overdoses and their family members and raising awareness about available prevention resources that can help save North Dakotans’ lives.


North Dakota Department of Health reports hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in a pediatric patient

Monday, August 29, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Categories: General, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reporting a case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in an individual in eastern North Dakota. Testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the individual was infected with hantavirus. The individual was hospitalized but has since recovered.

 


North Dakota Department of Health recognized for excellence, national accreditation status affirmed

Monday, August 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Categories: General

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced it has successfully completed a review process to maintain national accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The nonprofit PHAB works to advance and transform public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure and innovation. In maintaining its accreditation status for another five years, the NDDoH has demonstrated that it meets PHAB’s quality standards and measures and has the capacity to continue to evolve, improve and advance - becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the residents of North Dakota.


NEWS: Application for Block Grant Funds available for public comment

Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 02:45 pm

Categories: General

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has completed the state's application for Federal Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Funds for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023. The application is available for public comment.


NEWS: NDDoH rolls out new Tobacco Prevention and Control Dashboard

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 01:00 pm

Categories: General

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has released the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Dashboard, a new web-based dashboard created as a tobacco information resource for the public. The dashboard contains information about tobacco use in North Dakota and features data for adults (18+) and youth (high school students grades 9-12).


North Dakota expands eligibility for monkeypox vaccine

Monday, August 15, 2022 at 11:45 am

Categories: General, Immunization, Infectious Disease

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is expanding eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine. The state has received additional vaccines and eligibility guidelines are now expanded to include to any male age 18 or older who identifies as having sex with other men. People interested in being vaccinated are encouraged to contact health care providers listed on the NDDoH monkeypox vaccine locator. People who are identified as close contacts to monkeypox cases will also continue to be a high priority for vaccination.


NDDoH releases statement on Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Monday, July 25, 2022 at 11:30 am

Categories: Coronavirus, Healthy Living, Immunization, Infectious Disease

Last week, the CDC endorsed the recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine be available for adults ages 18 years and older. This recommendation offers unvaccinated adults in the United States another safe and effective vaccine option.