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Top North Dakota health official lifts international travel quarantine order

Top North Dakota health official lifts international travel quarantine order

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North Dakota's top health official on Monday lifted the state's 14-day quarantine order for people returning from international travel. 

Interim State Health Officer Dr. Paul Mariani said the decision follows the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s important for North Dakotans to remember that individual countries may have their own restrictions that impact travel," he said in a statement. "Check with your destination’s Ministry of Health for the most up-to-date information."

The travel quarantine order was issued in April and amended twice, most recently in July.

The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel due to the pandemic.

Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota reached a record Monday, along with coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

The state's Department of Health reported 287 diagnoses in 35 counties from 3,336 tests, bringing active cases to a record 3,210.

The department also reported Rolette County's fourth death of a person with COVID-19, a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions. Total deaths stand at 193. 

New cases include 41 in Burleigh County, which has 611 active cases, and 16 in neighboring Morton County, which has 251 active cases.

Coronavirus in North Dakota Active

Burleigh leads the state's 53 counties in active cases, followed by Cass, Stark, Grand Forks and Morton.

A record 87 people were hospitalized Monday in the state, including 23 in intensive care beds. The virus has hospitalized 730 people in the state since mid-March.

State and private labs have processed 585,970 tests of 229,511 North Dakota residents, 18,244 of whom have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Recoveries total 14,841.

Burleigh and Morton counties are in the yellow "moderate" risk level, which is in the middle of the state's five-level color-coded system. The risk level determines what sort of coronavirus-related protocols are in place under the ND Smart Restart Plan for everything from businesses to family gatherings. The protocols are not enforced.

Six other North Dakota counties are at yellow, 13 are in the blue "new normal" level, and 32 are in the green or "low" risk level. The state reviews the county risk levels on a weekly basis.

For more detailed information on county risk levels and on coronavirus in North Dakota, go to health.nd.gov/coronavirus.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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