COVID-19 press conference update, Mar. 20
On Mar. 20, Governor Doug Burgum addressed the state through a ND Dept. of Health Joint Information Center press conference.
Burgum announced today, Mar. 20, seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in North Dakota. At least one of today’s cases resulted from community spread. These additional cases bring the total count of confirmed cases to 26. There are two newly affected counties: Ramsey and Pierce.
Burgum announced two new Executive Orders for the State of North Dakota. Executive Executive Order 2020-05.1 further suspended licensure requirements for health professionals and Telehealth services to “facilitate the delivery of health care and behavioral health services.”
Executive Order 2020-07 ordered all state agencies to reduce red tape and “identify provision of any regulatory statutes, agency orders or administrative rules that in any way prevents, hinders or delays the agency’s ability to render maximum assistance or continue to deliver essential services to citizens during the pendency of the COVID-19 crisis.” All identified hindering laws or statutes are to be submitted to the governors office for further evaluation.
Lastly, Burgum addressed growing unemployment claims across North Dakota. Last week, Burgum said the state accepted 418 claims for employment. This week, the number greatly increased to 1,600 claims. Burgum said the state is reducing the requirements for unemployment to keep up with the rising volume of claims.