COVID-19 FAQS and RESOURCES
Last Updated 8/02/2020
Due to rapidly changing information and recommendations, the information below is linked to the North Dakota Department of Health, The Centers for Disease Control, and other outside websites to help provide you with the most up-to-date information.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly:
- between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- droplets that land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Also, routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.
Where can I find information on…..
Positive Cases in North Dakota
Symptoms of COIVD-19
What should I do if I am sick?
You may have been exposed COVID-19, now what?
You are a close contact to a COVID-19 case, now what?
Do I need to be tested?
You are being tested for COVID-19, now what?
For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.
ND Department of Health’s Risk Assessment
Protecting Yourself and Others
General Guidance and Recommendations and Public Resources
How to protect yourself when you leave home.
Running Essential Errands
Grocery Shopping, Take-Out, Banking, Getting Gas, and Doctor Visits
What is the Care-19 App and how do I use it?
How to protect yourself at home.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Volunteering and Donating
How Can I Help?
Aside from social distancing, the best way to help your community during the COVID-19 pandemic is by supporting community response and relief efforts with a donation. The NDDoH has listed needs and a variety of options that specifically address how you can assist during this crisis with monetary contributions or the donation of medical supplies to support North Dakotans.
State Response and Executive Orders
COVID- 19 Pandemic
- 2020-06.6 - May 15, 2020 - Burgum Encourages Recreational and Sports Arenas, Music and Entertainment Venues to Adopt Large Gathering Protocols
- 2020-04.2 - May 11, 2020 - Burgum Allows Access to School Facilities for Specific Programs, Testing
- 2020-31 - May 8, 2020 - Burgum Allows Department of Environmental Quality to Hold Remote Public Hearings on Proposed Permits
- 2020-06.5 - May 6, 2020 - Burgum Allows Graduation Ceremonies in School Facilities With Proper Social Distancing
- 2020-06.4 - April 29, 2020 - Burgum Provides North Dakota Smart Restart Protocols for Businesses Resuming or Continuing Operations
- 2020-30 - April 24, 2020 - Burgum Declares Statewide Flood Emergency for Spring Flooding
- 2020-21.2 - April 21, 2020 - Burgum Amends Order Regarding Self-Quarantine for COVID-19 Patients and Households
- 2020-14.1 - April 21, 2020 - Burgum Amends Order Relating to Authority of Local Health Officers
- 2020-29 - April 17, 2020 - Burgum Waives Certain Rules Regarding Medicaid to Enhance Services During COVID-19 Crisis
- 2020-12.1 - Burgum Extends Workers' Compensation Coverage to Funeral Directors and Funeral Home Workers Who Contract COVID-19
- 2020-06.3 - Burgum Extends Access Restrictions for Businesses and State Facilities to April 30
- 2020-28 - April 13, 2020 - Burgum Allows Changes to Maintain Critical Services for Vulnerable Youths
- 2020-27 - April 10, 2020 - Burgum Outlines Modified Operating Procedures for Child Care Providers
- 2020-21.1 - April 10, 2020 - Burgum Provides Exemptions to Self-Quarantine Order for Household Members
- 2020-26 - April 8, 2020 - Burgum Permits Transfer of COVID-19 Medical Supplies From Agencies to ND Department of Health
- 2020-25 - April 8, 2020 - Burgum Allows for Remote PSC Public Hearings and Trust Lands Auctions
- 2020-24 - April 7, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Required Written Performance Reviews for Some Teachers, Principals, Administrators
- 2020-23 - April 7, 2020 - Burgum Extends Cutoff Date for Winter-grade Fuel
- 2020-19.1 - April 7, 2020 - Burgum Expands Mail Ballot Flexibility to School Board Special Elections
- 2020-17.1 - April 7, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Pesticide Applicator Certification for Non-restricted Disinfectants
- 2020-22 - April 6, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Visitation to Long-Term Care Facilities
- 2020-21 - April 6, 2020 - Burgum Requires Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19, Household Members to Self-Quarantine
- 2020-20 - April 3, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Licensing Requirements for Qualified Respiratory Therapists
- 2020-19 - April 2, 2020 - Burgum Waives Requirement of Physical Polling Location for School District Elections to Allow Mail Ballot Only
- 2020-18 - April 1, 2020 - Burgum Waives Waiting Period for Unemployment Benefits
- 2020-06.2 - April 1, 2020 - Burgum Extends Access Restrictions for Businesses and State Facilities to April 20
- 2020-17 - March 30, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Deadlines for Livestock Auctions, Pesticide Applicators, Public Libraries
- 2020-16 - March 30, 2020 - Burgum Enables Remote Participation for Public Meetings to Promote Physical Distancing
- 2020-10.1 - March 30, 2020 - Burgum Amends School Facilities Closure to Accommodate Child Care Needs
- 2020-15 - March 27, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Unemployment Taxes Payments, Interest Charges
- 2020-06.1 - March 27, 2020 - Burgum Amends COVID-19-Related Business Closure Order to Include Salons, Tattoo, Massage Facilities
- 2020-14 - March 26, 2020 - Related to Authority of the State Health Officer
- 2020-13 - March 26, 2020 - Burgum Waives Requirement of Physical Polling Location to Provide Counties More Flexibility for Mail Ballot Voting
- 2020-12 - March 25, 2020 - Burgum Extends Worker's Compensation Coverage to First Responders and Health Care Providers Who Contract COVID-19
- 2020-11 - March 24, 2020 - Burgum Suspends In-Person NDDOT Administrative Hearings, Removes Load Restrictions on State Highways
- 2020-10 - March 22, 2020 - Burgum Requests Distance Learning Plans for K-12 Schools
- 2020-09 - March 21, 2020 - Burgum Streamlines Prescription Medication Refills, Grants Pharmacists Authority to Administer COVID-19 Testing
- 2020-08 - March 20, 2020 - Burgum Expands Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits Related to COVID-19
- 2020-07 - March 20, 2020 - Burgum Directs State Agencies to Identify Provisions Hindering Delivery of Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
- 2020-05.1 - March 20, 2020 - Burgum Expands Licensing Requirements Order to Include Telehealth
- 2020-06 - March 19, 2020 - Burgum Orders Access Restrictions for State Facilities, On-Site Dining Establishments and Recreational Facilities
- 2020-05 - March 19, 2020 - Burgum Suspends Licensing Requirements for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
- 2020-04.1 - March 16, 2020 - Burgum Amends School Closure Order for Certain Schools and Programs
- 2020-04 - March 15, 2020 - Burgum Orders Schools to Close for One Week to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- 2020-03 - March 13, 2020 - Burgum Declares State of Emergency in Response to Public Health Crisis of COVID-19