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BISMARCK, ND – Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and the City of Bismarck are encouraging calm and caution following the announcement of two positive COVID-19 cases in Burleigh County.
The North Dakota Department of Health released information that included a total of four positive COVID-19 cases were reported on March 17. Along with the two Burleigh County cases, another case in Ward County was reported, as well as a case in Cass County.
Both Burleigh County individuals were considered travel related. One individual, a male in his 50s, had traveled domestically. The other individual, a woman in her 20s, had traveled internationally. In total, North Dakota has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.
“We want to reassure the community, we are trying to stem the spread of COVID-19,” said Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Director Renae Moch. “We continue to practice and observe measures to keep everyone safe, we are hopeful our community and our state will prove to be only a small sample of the overall COVID-19 situation.”
At this time, all city services will continue. However, now more than ever, it is critical to take preventative action for your health, and the health of the community:
“We do want to stress to everyone that the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving,” said Moch. “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., seven days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.