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1. Not quite ready to go back to work during COVID-19? Your work can be in danger

The Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, has given some power behind the guidelines for businesses that want to reopen this weekend.

Burgum announced Monday, April 27, that restaurants, bars, theaters, gymnasiums, barbers, nail salons, massage therapy clinics and tattoo rooms can be reopened at 8 am on Friday, May 1.

Businesses, which have been closed by the mandate since last month, can welcome customers this weekend if they follow the first phase of the “ND Smart Restart protocol,” which the governor revealed at a press conference on Tuesday and was included in an executive order Wednesday.

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2. Cass County Jail sees more cases of coronavirus

A Cass County Prison inmate appeared via video for a court hearing. Prison officials are now asking prisoners in public areas to wear masks to protect from the corona virus. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

A Cass County Prison inmate appeared via video for a court hearing. Prison officials are now asking prisoners in public areas to wear masks to protect from the corona virus. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Since then, two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Cass County Prison a prisoner tested positive almost three weeks ago, but Sheriff Jesse Jahner said the disease did not spread within the facility.

The prison reported the first case of COVID-19 on April 12 after ordering a man to the facility just days before, Jahner had previously told The Forum. The detainee has been isolated but could be placed into the general population immediately if doctors say he has fully recovered, the sheriff said this week.

“We will get him back to the hospital and retested,” Jahner said.

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3. Unemployment claims continue to rise non-stop, total filings in the US have exceeded 30 million since the COVID-19 outbreak

The Fargo Office of the North Dakota Job Service is seen Thursday, April 16, at 1350 32 St. S. Michael Vosburg / Photo Editor Forum

The Fargo Office of the North Dakota Job Service is seen Thursday, April 16, at 1350 32 St. S. Michael Vosburg / Photo Editor Forum

Trade union leaders and regional advocacy organizations united on Wednesday, April 29, during an online press conference to voice their concerns and make recommendations to the state about how to better support working families.

That program, called “We Stand Together,” highlight recommendations that include worker safety, a moratorium on expulsion to survive through a coronavirus pandemic and then another 90 days and pay for family and medical leave.

The proposal also includes downsizing and modernizing unemployment, increasing access to food and health care coverage, and ensuring the protection of tertiary education.

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4. 100 more NDSU students to track coronavirus patient contacts

Masked statue of Glenn Hill, a mathematics professor at North Dakota State University. NDSU students are among those who help state and local health officials track the contact of coronavirus patients. Ross Collins / Specifically for the Forum

Masked statue of Glenn Hill, a mathematics professor at North Dakota State University. NDSU students are among those who help state and local health officials track the contact of coronavirus patients. Ross Collins / Specifically for the Forum

When North Dakota State University student Sarah Swartz was asked if she would help the country track the spread of the corona virus, she knew it was a lifetime opportunity.

“I immediately said yes,” he said. “I knew it was an opportunity I could not miss.”

He was part of a group of 19 NDSU students who were the first of the schools to be recruited as coronavirus contact tracers in North Dakota. The university announced on Thursday, April 30, that more than 100 students will join in this effort as many businesses prepare to reopen.

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5. Catholic churches in North Dakota are allowed to hold their own Mass starting next week

St Fargo. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. Especially for the Forum

St Fargo. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. Especially for the Forum

Catholics in North Dakota can return to their church for Mass starting Monday, May 4, with some restrictions as coronaviruses continue to spread in the US.

In a news release Thursday, April 30, Bishop Fargo John Folda announced he would revoke the suspension of private Mass for six weeks. Bismarck diocese said his church could begin Mass starting Wednesday, May 6.

Parishes are not required to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days until further notice, and those who are sick or more susceptible to illness may not attend.

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