BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today was joined by local leaders in announcing a new Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force to address an increasing concentration of COVID-19 cases in Cass County.
Cass County continues to post the highest percentage of positive tests in the state at an average positive rate of 9.6 percent for the last 14 days, significantly higher than the statewide rate of 2.8 percent, Burgum noted.
The Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force will work to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, dedicating s
- a focused testing strategy that will focus on high-risk populations, including residents and staff in long-term care facilities and congregate living settings.
Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis and Cass County Commission Chairman Chad Peterson will serve on the task force and joined Burgum via videoconference for the announcement at today’s COVID-19 press briefing.
- Doug Murphy, regional coordinator, Fargo Cass Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- Nicole Crutchfield, Fargo Planning Department
- Tammy Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Governor’s Office
- Mylynn Tufte, State Health Officer
- Chris Jones, Executive Director, North Dakota Department of Human Services.
The task force plans to coordinate with representatives from Clay County, Minn., and the State of Minnesota, as success will depend on an integrated plan, Burgum said.
The North Dakota Department of Health today confirmed 57 additional cases of COVID-19 out of 2,211 tests, a new high for total tested in a single day. The daily positive test rate was 2.6 percent. The state’s confirmed cases now total 1,323, including 710 active cases. Thirty-two people are currently hospitalized and 31 people with COVID-19 have passed away, including six deaths reported today, a single-day high since the pandemic began. Burgum extended his deepest condolences to the families of those who passed away and to all those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.