Oct 23, 2020

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Pine Ridge Reservation going into lockdown due to COVID-19

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is locking down the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Friday, in response to a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.The lockdown begins at 10 p.m. Friday and lasts until 6 a.m. Oct. 30. During that time, all non-critical travel is barred. The tribe said non-essential businesses should close to the public, and travel to non-essential work to or from the reservation should stop.The tribe also said non-emergency medical appointments that require travel to or from the reservation should be rescheduled.Tribes nationwide have taken an aggressive approach to preventing infections amid fears […]Read full article >
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Active COVID cases, hospitalizations reach new highs

The number of active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota reached a new high on Friday, as did the number of people hospitalized by the coronavirus disease, according to the state Department of Health.The department reported 6,363 active cases on Friday, 13 more than the previous high of 6,350 set on Thursday. Hospitalizations rose to 168, 12 higher than Thursday’s record of 156.Nine COVID-related deaths were reported on Friday. All had underlying health conditions, the department said. The fatalities included a Burleigh County man in his 60s and a Morton County woman in her 70s. Four deaths were reported in Stark County, and one was […]Read full article >
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Dakota Access comment period extended

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is extending the first stage of a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline by one month to allow more time for public comment.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has fought the pipeline in court for four years, asked for the extension and said in a statement after it was granted Friday that it is “very important for the Tribe to have input at this early stage of the process.”The Corps is completing an Environmental Impact Statement, as ordered by a federal judge this spring, and is accepting public comment on the scope of the study. Support Local Journalism Your […]Read full article >

North Dakota says it resolved COVID-19 notification backlog

Heath officials in North Dakota said they have resolved a backlog of notifying more than 800 people who tested positive for COVID-19.The backlog, which was due to a recent sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, was resolved through changes to the state’s contact tracing process, officials announced Thursday.“We appreciate the patience of North Dakotans and are grateful for the expertise and hard work of our case investigation team,” said Kirby Kruger, disease control director. “Case investigation and contact tracing are two tools, but what allows them to be effective is the active participation of individuals and […]Read full article >
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Bismarck foster care agency ending program after half a century; pandemic a reason

“If we can prevent that, that’s the best approach for kids and families,” he said. “They’re kept safe in their own communities, with services wrapped around them.”The change required residential facilities to include treatment options, not just housing. In May 2019, before the shift, there were close to 10 agencies overseeing 157 residential beds in North Dakota. After Charles Hall ends its program, there will be just two providers overseeing 76 beds. About one-third of them will be open, according to Pedersen.”We have capacity for kids if we need it,” he said.But the shift meant a dramatic […]Read full article >