ND State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Governor Doug Burgum say the governor will not order the state’s schools closed for now, because information about the presence of COVID-19 in North Dakota does not justify that step. There has been one confirmed COVID-19 case in Ward County, and there have been no documented cases of spread within a community.
A press conference was held on March 13, 2020. Speakers include are Governor Doug Burgum; Kirsten Baesler, ND Dept. of Public Instruction; Mylynn Tufte, State Health Officer; and Major General Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard / Department of Emergency Services.