- Burgum previously resisted a mask mandate and limiting gatherings, according to the AP.
- Instead, Burgum suggested people take personal responsibility to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“Our situation has changed, and we must change with it.” — Burgum
Some extra context:
North Dakota led the The New York Times list of states where new cases are higher and had a daily average of 15 cases per 100,000 people as recent as last week, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- More than 60,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota since the beginning of the pandemic, which means 1 in 13 residents in the state have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to TwinCities.com.
- In fact, that number is big enough to equal the size of North Dakota’s third largest city. That’s right. An entire city’s worth of people for North Dakota has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Dr. Paul Carson, an infectious disease physician who teaches public health at North Dakota State University, told TwinCities.com the state’s plan for testing and contact tracing worked well in the beginning of the pandemic when cases were low. Now, it’s ballooned too much to handle.