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.
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Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear the facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfacesdaily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
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, includes:
People who have serious underlying medical conditions like:
Learn more about the 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.
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.
The Department of Energy will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77 million barrels of American-made crude oil. The solicitation is for crude oil to be delivered in May and June; although, early April deliveries are encouraged.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.
CARES authorized an Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which encourages businesses to keep employees on payroll. The tax credit is refundable and is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by eligible employers impacted by the pandemic.
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.
The Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
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.
The Trump Administration is taking aggressive actions and exercising regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers as well as, where applicable, authority granted under section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19. As a result, several blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Congress is working on legislation aimed at combating the virus and providing economic relief to American families. We have debated and passed these pieces of legislation in “phases.” Here’s a breakdown:
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.”
This package includes:
$117 billion for hospitals and veterans’ health care;
$45 billion for FEMA disaster relief fund;
$16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile which includes procuring personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other necessary medical supplies for federal and state response efforts.
$11 billion for vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and other medical needs;
$11 billion for America’s military;
$8.8 billion for child nutrition programs;
$4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control;
$562 million to support small businesses through the disaster loans program account;
$275 million to expand services and capacity for rural hospitals, telehealth, poison control centers, and HIV/AIDS programs;
$250 million to improve the capacity of health care facilities;
$25 million for distance learning telemedicine, and broadband to support rural communities in accessing health and education resources.
If you'd like to learn more about what is in this bill, please read here.