North Dakota governor terminates COVID-related executive orders as case numbers trend downward

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Monday terminating several prior executive orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. Burgum said those orders have fulfilled their objectives and are no longer necessary.

The orders terminated were in relation to:

  • temporary emergency licensing requirements for health care facilities and workers;
  • workers’ compensation eligibility for first responders, health care workers, funeral home directors and employees, and individuals providing care to those with intellectual or development disabilities;
  • the transfer of surplus state property needed for COVID-19 response;
  • the reopening of certain businesses;
  • work registration requirements for those seeking unemployment benefits; and
  • public hearings conducted by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The governor also terminated an executive order that allowed for Public Service Commission permit hearings and Department of Trust Lands public land leasing auctions to be conducted remotely. A full list of executive orders can be viewed on the governor’s website here.

On Tuesday, the North Dakota Department of Health reported 105 new positive COVID-19 cases and a daily positivity rate of about 3.43%. Active cases fell by 19 to 691.

99 additional people have recovered from the virus; 97,286 have recovered so far.

31 people are currently hospitalized, down seven from yesterday. Five of those patients are in the intensive care unit.

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graphic courtesy: ND DoH, via Twitter

The following counties have recorded new positive cases:

  • Cass County (Fargo) – 26 cases
  • Burleigh County (Bismarck) – 13 cases
  • Ward County (Minot) – nine cases
  • Williams County (Williston) – five cases
  • Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – one case

One new death was reported on Tuesday, bringing the states death toll to 1,439 since the pandemic began.

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