Fargo, Tennessee (Valley News Live)-Governor Doug Burgum announced Friday night that several mitigation measures have been taken to slow the accelerated spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota in order to protect vulnerable groups. Ensure hospital capacity and keep schools and the economy open.
The entire state’s health care system is under tremendous pressure, which undermines the hospital’s ability to provide the first-rate treatment that North Dakotas are accustomed to.
Burgum noted that it not only affects COVID-1
“Our doctors and nurses who work bravely on the front lines need our help, and now they need it. From the beginning, we have adopted a data-oriented approach to the pandemic, with a focus on saving lives and livelihoods. Currently, data A higher level of mitigation measures are needed to reverse these dangerous trends, slow the spread of the virus, and avoid economic stagnation.” Burgum said in the announcement of these measures. “Our situation has changed, and we must change with it. Tonight, we announced four measures aimed at reducing the spread of infection in the community to protect our most vulnerable people and ensure hospital capacity.”
These measures include a state health official order requiring facial coverings to be worn in indoor businesses and indoor public places and outdoor public places where physical evacuation is not possible. The order was signed by the Interim State Health Officer Dirk Wilke (Dirk Wilke) and took effect from November 14 to December 13. The order includes exceptions for children under the age of 5 who suffer from physical or mental illness or disability and therefore should not wear masks. And religious services.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that “adopting a universal mask policy can help avoid future blockades” and that masks can not only protect the people around the individual wearing the mask, but also the person who wears the mask.
“The most effective weapon against COVID-19 is wearing a mask,” Wilk said. “This is a simple tool, but it is essential to help protect our loved ones and slow down transmission.”
Burgum signed an executive order today to implement other mitigation measures, which will take effect on Monday, November 16, as follows:
- All bars, restaurants, and catering service establishments shall have no more than 50% of the permitted number of people seated with the card, and no more than 150 customers, and no personal service, take-out, or road service between 10 pm and 4 am Bian Ho delivery time is still allowed during that time, and Burgum encourages North Dakotans to take advantage of and support local businesses.
For companies that have followed ND Smart Restart recommendations to increase production capacity in high-risk counties by 25%, this change will allow them to safely welcome more customers with cover and isolation requirements into their institutions.
Burgum pointed out that the state will soon provide US$54 million through a hospitality plan to help these businesses through this challenging time, and has provided US$70 million through the Bank of North Dakota to provide for any substantial income. The interest on the purchase of qualified existing debt by enterprises is negatively affected by COVID-19.
- All banquet halls, banquet halls and event venues are restricted to 25% of the maximum capacity, and shall not exceed the new capacity limit determined by the venue and the input of local public health officials based on the size of the venue. In order to ensure the safety of all venue personnel and customers, physical evacuation and masks will be required.
- According to the requirements of NDHSAA, the playoff championship competition and performance activities sponsored by the North Dakota Secondary School Activities Association may continue in November. All high school winter sports and other extracurricular K-12 school activities will be suspended until December 14. This also applies to all associations, communities and club sports for youth and adults.
Activities between universities and colleges must follow the guidance of the University of North Dakota system and their respective national organizations.
Burgum said that the four-week suspension of activities will help schools receive face-to-face guidance, which is the best learning environment for most students, and ensure that students continue to follow the mitigation strategies of wearing masks and physical alienation.
Dr. Joshua Wayne, North Dakota’s chief health strategist and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota, said: “I fully support and endorse the order signed by Governor Burgum and state health officials today.” Dakota citizens, we need to take immediate action to limit the further spread of the virus and thus prevent our hospital capacity from being threatened. Now let us do these things to move towards the North Dakota pandemic in the right direction through Thanksgiving. “
Those who violate the mask and capacity requirements may be considered a violation. Burgum urges law enforcement agencies and public health agencies to give priority to education in law enforcement, provide warnings and education on transmission risks, and retain penalties for the most serious violations that endanger public health.
Industries not covered by the executive order should continue to follow the North Dakota Smart Restart Guidelines.
In addition to the four measures mentioned above, state officials continue to meet daily with major hospitals in North Dakota to optimize capacity plans and meet resource needs.
Dr. Paul Carson said: “Although North Dakota has made great efforts to detect and detect cases, these measures are no longer enough. We urgently need to take stronger measures to save lives and keep us Health care staff and capabilities.”, an infectious disease expert, a professor of public health at North Dakota State University, and a physician consultant for the state’s COVID-19 response. “We have more and more strong evidence that, especially when used in conjunction with other mitigation strategies, cover-up can greatly reduce the spread of the virus. I am very grateful to the governor for taking bold steps to enforce the masks statewide. Authorization and hope this will help flatten the curve.”
Medical experts say that small social gatherings with family and friends are also driving the current surge in COVID-19 across the country. Burgum urged North Dakotas to try to limit gatherings to their immediate family for the next four weeks, and wear masks when gatherings with people from outside the home.
“We believe in North Dakota. We believe in the power of personal responsibility. Moreover, we now need personal responsibility more than ever to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
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