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  1. I see that the ND Dept. of Health coronavirus page is now reporting serology test results. At present, the test results are approximately 3.3% positive. While I realize you can't necessarily extrapolate those numbers across the state, it is interesting to note that if accurate, that would be mean that the state is catching about 1 in 10 cases. That's in line with what many experts have speculated. Also, it would mean that the mortality rate in North Dakota would be .24 %--almost identical to what the CDC is now saying.
  2. Also, Burgum mentioned in his press conference on Tuesday that he fully expected a slight uptick in the rate of positives, due to the state doing more "targeted" testing. In other words, this isn't at all unexpected.
  3. Until we get a rapid result test that's both accurate and widely available, there's probably not much more that can be done. Has anybody read anything about the timeline for that being available?
  4. Some potentially promising news regarding the likelihood of the spread of the virus in schools: https://www.yahoo.com/news/australian-study-coronavirus-spread-15-143300550.html
  5. Just 27 new positives announced today for ND out of 2,145 tests done. One additional death.
  6. According to the following article, approximately two-thirds of ND's coronavirus-related deaths have been people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I hadn't seen where this info had been reported before. https://www.grandforksherald.com/newsmd/coronavirus/6484796-Gov.-Burgum-details-COVID-19-nursing-home-deaths-in-telephone-town-hall
  7. I'm afraid this is going to be an ongoing problem until such time as a rapid-result test is available, and long-term care facility employees can be tested daily. I read somewhere that 84% of Minnesota's 485 coronavirus deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. And obviously, their lockdown has been longer and more stringent than ND's.
  8. The University of Washington model is currently predicting 38 deaths in ND from coronavirus by August. From 2014 to 2017, ND averaged roughly 150 deaths per year from flu/pneumonia. I realize this is not the same experience of those in the NY metro area and perhaps the northeast in general, but it would be interesting to see how other states compare to ND in this regard.
  9. Not sure if you're referring to reports of people in South Korea testing positive for a second time, but it appears those were likely false positives. https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-reinfections-were-false-positives.html
  10. Current ND numbers: Ages 1-39: 660 known cases, 0 deaths. Ages 40-69: 424 known cases, 3 deaths (.7% mortality rate, although may prove to be significantly lower once antibody tests show true infection rate). Ages 70-plus: 107 known cases, 22 deaths (20.6% mortality rate).
  11. My apologies if this was discussed earlier in this thread, but the current virus numbers from Singapore show a mortality rate there of .09%. If accurate, that would be pretty amazing.
  12. How is this issue being dealt with in daycare facilities? Or are they not operating anymore? I believe they are, but admittedly I don't know that for a fact.
  13. Interesting articles on how the controversial Swedish approach to the virus is going: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-19/sweden-says-controversial-covid-19-strategy-is-proving-effective https://uk.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-sweden-stockholm-herd-immunity-144733606.html
  14. A lot of people have been asking about how essential LM is/was, but Governor Burgum said in the press conference yesterday that the feds (Office of Homeland Security) consider them to be essential, and as such they would have been operating regardless of what state they were in.
  15. It appears that northeast North Dakota has fared better than nearly any other part of the country so far in terms of positive tests. Collectively, Grand Forks, Traill, Steele, Griggs, Nelson, Ramsey, Walsh, Cavalier and Pembina Counties have a population of about 120,000. There have been a total of 17 positive tests so far, and the rate of positive tests is just 1.23% (17/1318).
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