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Medical experts urge people not to gather during the holidays

CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck is working to make sure COVID patients and their families can still connect in some way

BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 1,900 people in Burleigh and Morton counties currently have COVID-19. An infectious diseases specialist at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck says the medical center is working to make sure COVID patients and families can connect in some way over the holidays. The hospital is allowing each patient one mask-wearing visitor per day. Staff is…

Bismarck man creates COVID Memorial Project to honor coronavirus victims

The memorial is in memory of the hundreds of North Dakotan who've lost their lives to COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. — At a nursing home in the small town of Bottineau, North Dakota, Cathy Jose was one of 18 people who lost their battle with COVID-19 in the span of two and a half weeks. “I think that wherever she is, she would say that she’s proud of what we’re doing,” says her son Carl Young. Born out…

Gov. Burgum & First Lady hold fourth annual Recovery Reinvented event

Recovery Reinvented is designed to open up conversations about getting help for diseases like mental health & addiction

BISMARCK, N.D.- Governor Doug Burgum & First Lady Katheryn Burgum virtually held the fourth annual Recovery Reinvented event. It’s a free, daylong event focused on eliminating addiction stigma by reinventing recovery. The first lady has been in long-term recovery for alcohol addiction for 18 years. The event brought in 2,500 online viewers from around the state & other countries. Headlining…

Dr. Birx calls Bismarck’s virus protocols the worst she’s seen

BISMARCK, N.D. – The White House coronavirus response coordinator says she spent a day looking around Bismarck and found its COVID-19 protocols to be worst she’s seen anywhere in the country Dr. Deborah Birx has been to 40 states and says she found the absence of face coverings and the lack of social distancing in Bismarck to be “deeply unfortunate” and…

North Dakota Women’s March goes virtual

Increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state brings the event online

NORTH DAKOTA– The North Dakota Women’s March was held online this year due to the spike of COVID-19 cases throughout the state. The hosts of the event gave information about the women’s suffrage movement as well as information on how to vote in the upcoming election. Many women showed up to share their stories and experiences with gender identity, sexuality,…

No Mask Mandate Makes It “Difficult for Us to Try to Make a Difference”

Public Health Director Renae Moch says the majority in the state are not wearing a mask.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Department struggles with cooperation as COVID cases rise in North Dakota. Director Renae Moch says, “Without that mandate or enforcement piece behind it, it becomes very difficult for us to try to make a difference in the number of cases we’re seeing and really trying to take, having this taken seriously by the…

Rep. Rick Becker Wants To Eliminate COVID-19 Mass Testing & Contact Tracing

Republican state representative wants to become North Dakota's next state health officer

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former candidate for governor and current Republican state representative wants to become North Dakota’s next state health officer. It is a position from which three people have resigned during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Rick Becker, who is a plastic surgeon in Bismarck, says he has a plan for addressing COVID-19. He would call for eliminating…

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 hit high mark in North Dakota

North Dakota continues to lead the nation in the number of cases per capita over a two-week period.

BISMARCK, ND – State health officials say hospitalizations due to illness from the coronavirus reached an new high in North Dakota with 105 people receiving treatment in medical centers. The record reported Monday comes a day after state officials met with leaders at two hospitals in Bismarck who told a governor’s task force they are nearing capacity because of COVID-19….

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Leaders Look At Bed Capacity In Bismarck-Mandan

BISMARCK, N.D. — Governor Doug Burgum and other state leaders meet with the heads of Sanford and CHI hospitals in Bismarck to talk about bed capacity. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise across the state but especially in Bismarck-Mandan. They say there is an increasing number of people showing up at Sanford with a variety of needs including COVID-19. Sanford will…