North Dakota hospital execs prepared to beef up workforce
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North Dakota hospital execs prepared to beef up workforce

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two North Dakota hospital executives said Saturday that while their workforce is keeping up with the number of the coronavirus cases, they're asking former doctors and nurses to think about returning if the numbers continue to climb.

Dr. Michael LeBeau of Sanford Health and Kurt Schley of CHI-St. Alexius Health said an order by Gov. Doug Burgum that eases licensing requirements will allow them to bring in people from other states, most of whom are already in their systems. They also put out a plea to local retirees.

“The need is not there today. We want to be prepared, prepared, prepared,” Schley said. “Please consider coming back during this time of need, should the need arise.”

Two more people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of cases in the state 28, authorities said Saturday.

State officials said they have tested 1,182 people, with 1,154 results coming back negative. Three people who tested positive are hospitalized.

Burgum announced at his daily briefing that the state has extended the deadline for income tax returns to July 15, matching the federal change.

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