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How the governors of Iowa, Utah, and North Dakota pivoted and issued public health orders to contain recent coronavirus surges

Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum all issued mask mandates. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, @GovHerbert/Twitter, @DougBurgum/Twitter The US is fighting against a surge of new cases of coronavirus across the country. Governors of Iowa, Utah, and North Dakota all enforced their first statewide mask mandate this month.  The governors cited alarming increases of coronavirus cases in each state that prompted the new mask mandates and caus...
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The Air Force is sending 60 healthcare workers to North Dakota to address a staffing crisis as the state has just 13 ICU beds open

Gov. Doug Burgum announced in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for federal assistance. Reuters The US Air Force is sending 60 medical personnel to North Dakota to address a staffing crisis, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for federal assistance. The state has 13 staffed intensive care unit beds available across all of its hospitals, and 211 standard inpatient beds, according to the ...
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These are the latest cities and states to tighten lockdown restrictions as a third wave of COVID-19 hits the US

Crystal Cox/Business Insider States and cities across the US including New Jersey, Philadelphia, and California have tightened their COVID-19 restrictions amid a third wave of the virus. Most of the restrictions focus on restricting indoor gatherings between people from multiple households. Some states and cities have issued new rules affecting gyms, schools, and restaurants. Some have also issued revised mask mandates. New states to enforce tougher rules include California, Iowa, and New...
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Several states announced tightened travel and gathering restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving as US coronavirus cases surge

A traveler walks past screeners testing a system of thermal imaging cameras which check body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images Several states are tightening restrictions in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus as millions of Americans are expected to travel and gather for Thanksgiving.  These measures come as the number of positive coronavirus cases surge acr...
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Governor Burgum announces new requirements for businesses, gatherings and masks, delays winter activities

Some requirements begin Saturday, November 14th. The rest begin Monday, November 16th.
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With coronavirus cases surging, nurses in North Dakota demand a statewide mask mandate

Nurses in North Dakota are pushing back against a new policy stating that they can continue working after testing positive for the coronavirus, as long as they do not show any symptoms and only treat COVID-19 patients.North Dakota has the worst infection and death rates per person in the United States, and is experiencing a shortage of health care workers and hospital beds. Gov. Doug Burgum (R) announced the new policy on Monday, and the North Dakota Nurses Association said in a statement on Wed...
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North Dakota healthcare workers are now permitted to continue treating COVID-19 patients, even if they test positive for the disease

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks during a press conference in February. Stephen Yang/Getty Images North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday announced that healthcare workers with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 can continue working in hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients as the state grapples with surging hospital admissions and a lack of medical staff. The order comes as hospitals reach their capacity in the state due to a mix of COVID-19 patients and other patients who deferred trea...
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Live results of North Dakota's governor race between Doug Burgum and Shelley Lenz

North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum is running for reelection against Democratic challenger Shelley Lenz. Burgum had no prior political experience before becoming governor and was a businessman. Lenz, a veterinarian, is a political newcomer. Experts rate the race as solid Republican. See the live coverage and full results from the most competitive US elections. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum is running for reelection against De...
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As cases surge in North Dakota, Fargo becomes state's 1st city to issue mask mandate

With North Dakota reporting the most COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States, Fargo on Monday became the first city in the state to issue a mask mandate."As a community, we must all do our part to greatly reduce the spread of this deadly COVID-19 disease," Mayor Tim Mahoney, a general surgeon, said in a statement. Fargo, North Dakota's biggest city, is in Cass County, which has the state's highest number of COVID-19 cases. Mahoney said he issued the mandate due to increased hospit...
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United We Mask: GOPers View Mask-Wearing As Key To Reopening Economy

Three prominent Republicans bolstered North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s (R) to end the “political” divide on mask-wearing requirements during Sunday morning interviews. Unlike President Trump’s refusal to wear a mask while touring a Ford plant outside of Michigan on Thursday — despite White House staffers being ordered to do so after two aides tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) ar...
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GOP Guv. Tearfully Pleads Anti-Maskers To ‘Dial Up Your Empathy’ And End ‘Political’ Divide

As some right-wingers in several areas of the country (and the government) openly defy requirements on wearing masks on ideological grounds in spite of the COVID-19 outbreak, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) despairs at the prospect of his state falling into the same quagmire. “If someone is wearing a mask, they’re not doing it to represent what political party they’re in or what candidates they support,” the Republican governor said during an emotional press briefing on Friday. “They might ...
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North Dakota governor on brink of tears as he decries ‘mask shaming’

Republican Doug Burgum called out ‘senseless dividing line’ between Americans over whether masks should be worn in public * Coronavirus – live US updates * Live global updatesIn North Dakota on Friday, the Republican governor, Doug Burgum, decried a “senseless dividing line” between US citizens over whether masks should be worn in public during the coronavirus pandemic.As he pleaded with citizens of his state to “try to dial up your empathy and your understanding”, Burgum was moved to the brink ...
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A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No Harm

Dozens of tracking apps for smartphones are being used or developed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic. But there are worries about privacy and hastily written software.
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Should GPS Also Be Used For Contact Tracing?

Reuters reports: Google and Apple have sought to build public trust by emphasizing that the changes they are making to Bluetooth to allow the tracing apps to work will not tap phones' GPS sensors, which privacy activists see as too intrusive. But the states pioneering the apps -- North and South Dakota, and Utah -- say allowing public health authorities to use GPS in tandem with Bluetooth is key to making the system viable... Apple and Google said on Friday that they still have not decided how...
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Constitutional law roundup

“North Dakota legislators attempt to retroactively change the terms of contracts between manufacturers and dealers of farm equipment. Well, crack open your Con Law casebook because that violates the Contract Clause of Article I, Section 10. So holds the Eighth Circuit (over a dissent), treating the reader to a history of the clause from 1789 to the New Deal and beyond.” [IJ “Short Circuit” on Association of Equipment Manufacturers v. Burgum] Subsidies conditioned on, and meant to promote, an o...
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North Dakota Bans Common Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation Wednesday that makes it a crime for a doctor performing a second-trimester abortion to use instruments such as clamps, scissors and forceps to remove the fetus from the womb. The bill that passed easily in the GOP-led Legislature last month outlaws the abortion practice known as dilation and evacuation — the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions, according to the New York-based Guttmacher In...
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North Dakota Gov. Burgum signs ‘abortion reversal’ bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it’s possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents claim there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be interrupted. Lawmakers […]
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Gov. Burgum announces survey to identify workforce issues

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wants employers to identify workforce issues through a new online survey. The Republican governor announced the 40-question survey on Friday. He says the results of the two-week survey will help provide input for workforce development. Burgum says the lack of workers is a top issue in […]
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Gov. Burgum to Ask North Dakota Agencies to Identify Cuts

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has told state agencies to identify spending cuts when they begin preparing their plans for the next two-year budget.
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Gov. Burgum to Ask North Dakota Agencies for Budget Outlines

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking agencies for their spending plans for the state's next budget cycle.
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Gov. Burgum to Ask North Dakota Agencies for Budge Outlines

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking agencies for their spending plans for the state's next budget cycle.
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Burgum: North Dakota Guard will aid border effort if asked

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota will send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border if asked. President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants to send up to 4,000 Guard members to the border to help federal officials fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Burgum says governors of states along the […]
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Utility offered Burgum more than free Super Bowl tickets

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s trip to the Super Bowl as a guest of a Minneapolis utility included free invitations to a rock concert, private parties, meals and other events, The Associated Press found through an open records request. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki said Saturday the GOP governor has reimbursed Xcel […]
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Deputy tax commissioner appointed new state OMB director

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette will be the next director of the state’s Office of Management and Budget. Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed Morrissette to succeed Pam Sharp, who recently retired after three decades in state government. Morrissette begins his new duties March 1. Burgum cites Morrissette’s “broad expertise […]
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Burgum: Only tap oil tax fund for long-term initiatives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum acknowledged Tuesday that earnings on a voter-approved oil tax savings account could be raided again to confront North Dakota’s lingering budget challenges, but he insisted lawmakers only tap the fund for initiatives providing long-term benefits. The Republican’s 90-minute State of the State address at Minot University was the […]
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North Dakota campaign aimed at personal responsibility

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have launched statewide traffic safety plan that emphasizes personal responsibility behind the wheel. Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday unveiled the so-called Vision Zero traffic safety initiative aimed at preventing deaths on North Dakota roads. The campaign’s slogan is “Zero Fatalities. Zero Excuses.” Burgum says the state Highway Patrol […]
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Burgum touts 1st-year progress toward shrinking government

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is touting early progress toward his campaign vow to “reinvent state government,” but the former software executive’s first year in office also was marked by massive pipeline protests, a clash with legislators over vetoes and an admission that he smoked marijuana as a young man. The […]
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AP News Guide: Lawmakers sue Gov. Burgum over vetoes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has set the stage for a rare state Supreme Court challenge of some vetoes issued by Gov. Doug Burgum. The Republican-led Legislature — with support from Democrats — filed the lawsuit Friday, alleging the first-term GOP governor overstepped his authority and infringed on their power. Burgum says […]
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Burgum forming group to examine higher education governance

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum wants to examine the way the state’s higher education system is managed. Burgum on Tuesday announced he is forming a task force that will spend next year talking about ways to improve the governance structure in order to help meet the state’s educational and workforce needs. […]
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North Dakota governor looking into higher education system

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is setting his sights on the state’s higher education system. Burgum has scheduled a news conference Tuesday to make an announcement he says is aimed at ensuring the system is best able to meet the state’s education and workforce needs. No other details were provided. Burgum […]
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