Governor Doug Burgum signed a pair of executive orders on Wednesday.
The first, the big one: expanded travel quarantine.
Not long ago, the governor said that anyone traveling to a number of states had to carry out their own quarantine for 14 days under threat of punishment.
The quarantine is now being extended to all states and all countries where people travel when returning to North Dakota, but the governor said he still did not consider closure in the entire state, saying he had no desire for it.
“For those who say that the country is not doing enough to slow the spread, I will ask them again to continue to look at the numbers and understand what we are trying to manage, that is we are trying to manage the capacity of the hospital.” These are the two curves we talked about, curves and lines. One is leveling the curve, which we are doing, and then raising the line for hospital treatment, “Burgum said.
The second executive order involves personal protective equipment. Across the state, there are universities and other state institutions that do not use their PPE because they are closed. Well, the governor signs an executive order that allows these institutions to donate or move the equipment to other state institutions or other charities that qualify as long as they are part of the COVID response.
“We benefited today from the actions people took a few weeks ago, whether it closed schools or businesses, personal care businesses, so we know that reducing the activity of paying dividends today,” Burgum said.
The Governor has put a lot of responsibility on the mayor and local businesses to make many decisions to get past the COVID-19 pandemic. However, since March 13, when the governor declared a state of emergency, 24 executive orders had been signed; 26 all year long. It was the most signed since 2013, when former Governor Jack Dalrymple signed 27 executive orders.
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