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Q: Where can I find information about the City of Bismarck’s Pandemic Mitigation Strategy?

  A: Information about the strategy is located at http://www.bismarcknd.gov/BismarckStrong. This page contains a variety of resources for multiple community audiences including the full Pandemic Mitigation Strategy document, a strategy highlights document, signage for businesses and an online occupant load calculator. More content is expected to be added to the page, too, so check back […]

How is COVID-19 going to effect Halloween this year?

A: Halloween may look a little different this year, but it doesn’t have to be drastically so for trick or treaters. They are still able to The CDC suggests the following five ways to make trick or treating safer: Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters. Give out treats outdoors, if possible. Set up a station with […]

I beat COVID-19. How can I help someone else win the fight?

If you recovered from COVID-19, it means your immune system fought and won. That’s good news! It also means you have antibodies that could help others fight it off, too. That’s great news! “There have already been a few cases in North Dakota where convalescent plasma treatment has proven beneficial for patients infected with COVID-19. […]

Letter to Bismarck-Mandan Residents

To the Residents of Bismarck-Mandan: For the past several months, we’ve all watched as COVID-19 spread throughout our community, leaving impacts both big and small. However, it’s only recently that those effects have become more severe, as the virus rapidly spreads in the community. And now, we need to respond. There are countless ideas as […]

Q: I have heard some people suggest herd immunity can be achieved if we all get exposed to COVID-19. Is this something that can be helpful?

A: Herd immunity, or community immunity, is defined by the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/terms/glossary.html) as, “A situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and those […]

ND Physicians Offer Pandemic Health Advice

We, as North Dakota Physicians, remain committed to partnering with you, our patients, to work toward us all becoming the best version of ourselves.  As physicians, we recognize the importance of caring for the whole self to optimize health.  In times of crisis, like this pandemic, this is more important now than ever. We would […]

The Economic Benefits of a Flu Vaccination: Prevention is Wealth

This fall and winter, both COVID-19 and influenza will be circulating at the same time. Both are respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms. Without testing, it will be difficult to tell the difference between the two. Luckily, we have a way to prevent the burden of having two deadly respiratory diseases circulating at the same […]

Q: I’ve been tested, now what?

This information is provided by the North Dakota Department of Health A: Following testing, you should monitor your health. Your next steps are dependent on your specific situation: If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, […]

State, hospital leaders committed to ensuring adequate bed capacity for COVID-19 patients

State officials met with leaders of Bismarck’s two largest hospital systems this weekend to discuss the availability of beds for COVID-19 patients as the state and Bismarck-Mandan area in particular continue to see a surge in coronavirus cases and an overall increase in COVID and non-COVID hospitalizations. Interim State Health Officer Dirk Wilke, Department of […]

Q: When Should I Get Tested? Should I wait until I’ve been exposed to the virus, have symptoms or ‘Just because’?

A: According to the North Dakota Department of Health the following individuals should be tested for COVID-19: Individuals with symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea). If you have […]