Stark County COVID-19 Information (As of 9 a.m., March 27)

Positive Cases in Stark County: 6

Positive Cases in North Dakota: 65

Man in his 40s from Stark County, under investigation

Woman in her 20s from Stark County, under investigation

Man in his 60s from Stark County, close contact

Man in his 60s from Stark County, under investigation

Woman in her 30s from Stark County, community spread

Woman in her 60s from Stark County, community spread

North Dakota Department of Health reports first death related to COVID-19

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) today reported the first confirmed death of a North Dakota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The death occurred in a man in his 90s from Cass County who had underlying health conditions and acquired COVID-19 through community spread, meaning the source of infection was unknown.

REAL ID deadline extended

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID deadline enforcement one-year from the current October 1, 2020, deadline to October 1, 2021.

North Dakota Game and Fish remind anglers to keep social distancing

With a pleasant weekend in the forecast and a lot of North Dakotans anxious to do something outside, the State Game and Fish Department reminds anglers to practice social distancing, whether it’s on shore, from a boat or on the ice.

Dickinson Police Department reassures residents of continued service

Yesterday, confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have been identified in Stark County. The City of Dickinson is working with its partners at the city, county, and state levels to monitor the outbreak, implement practices recommended to contain its spread and take steps to keep residents and city staff healthy, safe and informed.

Throughout the duration of the community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Dickinson is committed to ensuring the delivery of core city services.

This is a very fluid situation and some changes could be made to non-essential services. If there are any changes to non-essential services, the public will be adequately notified in advance.

As the Community continues to react and respond to the spread of COVID-19, we would like to reassure our residents that the Dickinson Police and Fire Department are ready to respond to any call for service that may develop. We have been meeting with community leaders, and regional partners on a regular basis to ensure we can continue to provide critical emergency services to our community. Therefore, in the event of an emergency, don't hesitate to dial 911.

The Dickinson Police and Fire Department will continue to work closely with state and regional health officials to monitor the status of the COVID-19 in our area, and we will remain committed to providing emergency services as we all adapt to try to prevent further spread.

Our officers and firefighters will practice social distancing whenever possible, so please don't be offended if public safety personnel don't shake your hand or stand further away when speaking to you. Please don't be alarmed if you see public safety staff wearing personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, or protective eyewear.

Thank you for understanding the need to take these necessary steps so we can ensure the safety of our first responders, employees, and the public.

Southwestern District Health Unit urges calm and caution

The SWDHU and Dunn County are encouraging calm and caution following the announcement of a positive COVID-19 case in Dunn County.

The North Dakota Department of Health released information that included one positive COVID-19 case on March 24. Along with the one case in Dunn County is one case in Burleigh County.

Both the Dunn County and Burleigh County individuals were considered travel related. Dunn County individual, a male in his 20s. The other Burleigh County individual, a woman in her 60s. In total, North Dakota has thirty-four confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We want to reassure the community, we are trying to stem the spread of COVID-19,” said SWDHU Director Sherry Adams. “We continue to encourage people to practice social distancing to keep everyone safe. We are hopeful our communities and our state will prove to be only a small sample of the overall COVID-19 situation.”

Now more than ever, it is critical to take preventative action for your health, and the health of the community:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap. In the absence of soap, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.

• Avoid touching your T-Zone (eyes, nose and mouth).

• Practice social distancing. Avoid social gatherings and groups of more than 10 people. Use drive-through, pickup or delivery options.

• Work from home when possible.

• Stay home when you are sick. Call your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough or shortness of breath.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. In the absence of a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Stay away from individuals who are sick. Limit close contact (six feet or more) with others as much as possible.

“We do want to stress to everyone that the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving,” said Adams. “This means people should also take the time to go to the CDC and North Dakota Department of Health websites and get familiar with their information. They have provided guidance for a variety of specific groups, as well as for general population methods of response.”

For ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer questions. You can call (866) 207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT, seven days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.

For more information, visit www.swdhu.net

Dickinson Press offices closed to non-essential traffic

In order to continue to provide the very best service to the public, we are asking that members and subscribers use phone or email to contact The Press and refrain from visiting in person. In so doing we can all practice safe social distancing. Currently, our staff are working remotely from the office and will continue to provide the same local news coverage and advertising services through this novel time.

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