ND adds two COVID-19 deaths as bar owner seeks funds to file civil suit against state for pandemic-related closures
BISMARCK, N.D. — A bar owner in Willow City has been trying to raise funds for a civil suit against the state of North Dakota for coronavirus-related business restrictions that he says drove him out of business.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced on statewide restrictions on business and restaurant capacities back in November, when North Dakota was seeing a severe spike, and hospitalizations rose above 300 for more than a week. David Corum, owner of Gunslingers Bar, says that his civil complaint would include arguments against such executive orders in the future.
A North Dakota District Judge recently ruled that Corum had been in violation of the states limitations on restaurant capacity.
Gov. Burgum announced increased capacity limits for bars, restaurants, and event venues in early January.
The North Dakota Department of Health reported 227 new positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, for a positivity rate of 3.33%. 1,749 cases are considered active statewide.
An additional 172 people have recovered. The total number of recoveries now stands at 92,029 since the pandemic began.
The following counties reported new cases on Wednesday:
- Cass County (Fargo) – 42
- Ward County (Minot) – 29
- Burleigh County (Bismarck) – 26
- Williams County (Williston) – 14
- Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – 13
- Stark County (Dickinson)– 11
Two additional deaths were confirmed; the states death toll now stands at 1,357.