KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard

KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard. “North Dakota has the fourth highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the United States (U.S.) at 52.9 per 100,000 North Dakota residents. The rate for the U.S. is 37 per 100,000 residents. In 2016, according to the dashboard, there were 405 deaths in the state from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In 2020, that number jumped to 505.”

Associated Press: North Dakota officials forced to cut back on COVID case work

Associated Press: North Dakota officials forced to cut back on COVID case work. “The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing North Dakota health officials to cut back on investigations and they are encouraging people who test positive to isolate on their own. The state Department of Health says it will continue to monitor virus cases for K-12 students, higher education students, people over age 55, and people in health care facilities, long-term care and congregate settings.”

WZFG: North Dakota to create new database for missing people; project first proposed in 2019

WZFG: North Dakota to create new database for missing people; project first proposed in 2019 . “During the special session, the state legislature approved spending $300,000 in ARPA funding to pay for the new database. The system is expected to be online in 6 to 8 months. The database will enable all law enforcement, including tribal officers, to upload information into a shared system. Citizens will also be allowed to access the system so they can assist in searches.”

Washington Post: A North Dakota GOP lawmaker helped organize an anti-vaccine rally. Then he got covid and couldn’t attend.

Washington Post: A North Dakota GOP lawmaker helped organize an anti-vaccine rally. Then he got covid and couldn’t attend.. “Days ahead of an anti-vaccine rally he helped organize, North Dakota lawmaker Jeff Hoverson, a Republican, urged his social media followers to gather on the steps of the state capitol on Monday to oppose coronavirus vaccine mandates. ‘Noon Monday capital steps Bismarck. We The People rally,’ Hoverson wrote on Facebook. ‘Extremely important for freedom from mandates legislation.’ But he did not make it to the event.”

North Dakota Office of the Governor: As strain on hospitals reaches tipping point, leaders urge public to help reduce need for hospitalization

North Dakota Office of the Governor: As strain on hospitals reaches tipping point, leaders urge public to help reduce need for hospitalization. “Regional centers are currently unable to support critical access hospitals as they have in the past, and providers have seen adverse outcomes due to delays in care, said Dr. Chris Meeker, chief medical officer at Sanford Bismarck. Today North Dakota’s six largest hospitals reported 43 patients were deflected to other facilities, including six psychiatric patients; and 29 patients were waiting in emergency departments to be admitted to the hospital.”

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota leaders plead for vaccination, masking as COVID-19 surge looms

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota leaders plead for vaccination, masking as COVID-19 surge looms. ” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and top hospital officials assembled at a news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 1, to deliver a uniform message: If residents don’t seek COVID-19 vaccines, wear masks and resume social distancing at greater rates, the state’s health care system could become overwhelmed in the weeks ahead.”

Bismarck Tribune: New online local foods map launched in North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune: New online local foods map launched in North Dakota. “‘The new map catalogs the state’s local producers, the type of food they sell and where the consumer can buy it,’ Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. ‘The map is a great tool to connect with and support local growers and producers.’ The map also shows on-farm sales, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture, retail food businesses, u-picks, wholesale options, online ordering opportunities and more.”

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why. “Five states — Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota — have ended, or soon will end, statewide mask mandates, despite the looming threat of COVID-19 and highly transmissible variants. They’re joining 11 other states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee — that never required face coverings statewide.”

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota House approves bill targeting social media companies for censorship

Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota House approves bill targeting social media companies for censorship. “The proposal would bar social media sites with more than 150 million active users from censoring North Dakotans’ posts based on race, religion or viewpoint. The bill would would also open up social media companies to civil lawsuits from residents who believe they’ve been blacklisted from the sites.”

KFYR: North Dakota Department of Health creates COVID-19 vaccine locator

KFYR: North Dakota Department of Health creates COVID-19 vaccine locator. “As more doses of the coronavirus vaccine are delivered, the North Dakota Department of Health has a new tool to help you find who is giving vaccines. The locator shows a list and map of where in North Dakota vaccines are available. It includes the name and city of the provider, what priority group can receive a vaccine and instructions on how to contact each provider.”

KFYR: High contact business owners say masks are now another thing they need to worry about

KFYR: High contact business owners say masks are now another thing they need to worry about. ” Several North Dakota businesses shut down during the early days of the pandemic. They endured weeks of financial hardship until they were allowed to reopen, with some restrictions. And now, Gov. Doug Burgum’s mask mandate may hit them again. Hair Garage owner Anna Vetter opened her barber shop in December and has had to make lots of changes due to the pandemic. The latest is enforcing a mask mandate for her employees and customers. The stylists at The Hair Garage are working with a new tool. But it’s not one they chose.”

Valley News Live: North Dakota to roll out free rapid testing for K-12 school staff in pilot project to slow COVID-19 spread

Valley News Live: North Dakota to roll out free rapid testing for K-12 school staff in pilot project to slow COVID-19 spread. “The North Dakota Department of Health, with support from local public health and the North Dakota National Guard, will roll out free rapid testing for K-12 teachers, staff, and administrators this week as part of a pilot project to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases so they can quickly isolate and prevent further spread of the virus.”

Washington Post: I’m a contact tracer in North Dakota. The virus is so rampant that we gave up.

Washington Post: I’m a contact tracer in North Dakota. The virus is so rampant that we gave up.. “In recent weeks, North Dakota has had the most new cases per capita in the country. Our hospitalizations have doubled since last month. We have the world’s highest death rate from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Things got so bad, so fast, that we’ve surrendered one of our key weapons against the pandemic: Test and trace went by the wayside. Even if we had enough staff to call up everyone’s workplace and contacts, there are so many new infections that it wouldn’t be very effective. At this point, the government has given up on following the virus’s path through the state. All we can do is notify people, as quickly as we can, that they are infected.”