UPDATE: North Dakota now has five cases of Coronavirus
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health confirms four new Coronavirus cases in Cass, Burleigh and Ward Counties.
A woman in Cass County is in her 20s and has a history of international travel.
A man in his 50s and woman in her 20s who have the virus are from Burleigh Counties.
A man from Ward County in his 60s is another Coronavirus patient.
All the people who have new cases have traveled to areas impacted by Coronavirus and are self-quarantining at home.
North Dakota’s first case of Coronavirus last week is a man in his 60s from Ward County.
Health officials ask people returning from cruise ships or skiing in Colorado to self-isolate for two weeks.
“This increase in COVID-19 cases underscores the importance of exercising personal responsibility and following the CDC and White House recommendations for social distancing,” said Gov. Doug Burgum. “This is especially important on St. Patrick’s Day, when many are accustomed to going out to celebrate with friends. We all have a role to play in slowing the spread of Coronavirus.”
“We anticipate there will be additional North Dakotans who test positive for COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, we urge residents to prepare, not panic, and to follow social distancing recommendations,” said State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte. “Take steps such as ensuring you have materials on hand to self-isolate for two weeks or explore whether there are options to telecommute. Individuals should follow the presidential guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Gov. Doug Burgum and Tufte and recommends North Dakotans follow guidelines released by the White House to slow the spread of Coronavirus, including:
- Stay home and don’t go to work if you feel sick.
- Practice good hygiene: wash your hands, avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes.
- If someone in the household has tested positive for coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
- Older individuals and those with underlying health conditions should stay away from other people.
- Work from home when possible.
- Avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
For more information on Covid-19, you can call the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.