We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and remain in regular communication with both state and federal agencies. This page is intended to keep North Dakotans informed on current efforts and resources. We recommend following official guidance from the CDC and other officials. You can also subscribe to regular updates from the The Center of Health Security at Johns Hopkins University here.
Learn more about COVID-19 and what measures you can take against it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid close contact with others. Maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others in public places.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
Stay home if you're sick.
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. These people who may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness.
Learn about current resources:
The SSA will provide limited, critical services via phone, mail, and online, while we focus our efforts on serving people most in need. Recipients will continue to receive their monthly benefit amount via Direct Deposit.
If you’re an older adult or a caregiver for one, you may need help picking up groceries, prescriptions, and other necessary supplies. If someone you don’t know offers to help, be wary. Some scammers offer to buy supplies but never return with the goods or your money. It’s usually safer to find a trusted friend or neighbor or arrange a delivery with a well-known company.
During the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.
You can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at any lending institution that is approved to participate in the program through the existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lending program and additional lenders approved by the Department of Treasury. You can call your bank or find SBA-approved lenders in your area through SBA’s online Lender Match tool.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Congress has passed several pieces of legislation aimed at combating the virus and providing economic relief to American families.
Here's a breakdown:
On April 21, 2020 the Senate passed $475 billion in emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 testing, and health care providers. Learn more here.
This legislation was signed by President Trump on March 27. It is aimed at getting financial assistance to Americans, bringing relief to small businesses and their employees, stabilizing the economy, and supporting healthcare workers and patients. Here are the key provisions:
Provides money to American families
Gives a one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 to every American whose 2018 tax return, or 2019 if filed, showed income at or below $75,000. That’s $2,400 per married couple, with an extra $500 per child.
Expands unemployment insurance to self-employed workers and makes more money available for longer
Additional $260 billion to support workers affected by COVID-19.
Helps small businesses keep employees and stay open
Creates a “Paycheck Protection program” that will provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll.
Helps families stay in their homes
Prohibits foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period beginning March 18, 2020.
Provides relief to people with federal student loans affected by COVID-19
Requires federal student loan payments, principal, and interest be deferred for 6 months through September 30, 2020 without penalty to the student.
Fully mobilizes America’s health care sector and prioritizes rural health
Significantly expands telehealth so that patients can see doctors with whom they don’t already have a relationship from the safety of their own home, connecting people on home dialysis with providers, and allowing federally qualified health centers to participate.
Provides loans (not bailouts) to support important national industry
Provides direct lending through the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund to passenger airlines, cargo airlines, and businesses important to “maintaining national security.”
On December 22nd 2020, Congress passed a year-end spending bill containing a targeted COVID-19 relief package.
The $900 billion targeted relief package contains new funds available for businesses and workers, direct payments for American families, and aid to ensure the successful development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
$166 billion for $600 direct checks to Americans making up to $75,000, with an additional $600 per child.
An extension of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to allow states and tribes to spend allotted money until December 31, 2021.
$264 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including streamlined forgiveness, expanded eligibility, and deductibility for PPP expenses.
$20 billion to purchase of vaccines, ensuring they will be free of charge for anyone who needs it.
$45 billion for transportation, including $10 billion for highways.
$15 billion in funding for entertainment venues, movie theaters, and museums experiencing significant revenue loss.
$10 billion for grants to childcare centers to help providers safely reopen.
$4 billion for substance abuse. Significant progress made over past several years on opioid addiction has been reversed because of impact of COVID lockdowns.
$82 billion in funding for schools and universities to assist resuming with in-person learning.
$25 billion in temporary and targeted rental assistance. Extends the eviction moratorium until January 31, 2021.
$7 billion in broadband funding, including $300 million to build out rural broadband and $250 million for telehealth.
In March of 2021, Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion spending package entitled the American Rescue Plan. This was the first bill aimed at addressing COVID-19 without bipartisan support. Although Senator Cramer voted against this bill due to it’s superfluous spending not related to addressing the pandemic, you can learn more about it here.
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