KHRT ND News – 08/21/21

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement on Friday after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is extending restrictions on nonessential travel at the U.S.-Canada border for another month, until Sept. 21. Canada reopened its border to vaccinated U.S. citizens for nonessential travel on Aug. 9.
 
“The percentage of Canada’s population that is fully vaccinated is now more than 12 percentage points higher than in the United States, yet the Biden administration refuses to reopen the border to Canadians for nonessential travel even though Canada has been allowing vaccinated Americans into their country for over 10 days,” Burgum said. “This continues to cause real pain for North Dakota’s retail and tourism industries that depend on Canadian travelers, and for the friends and family members who are separated by these border restrictions and have repeatedly had their hopes dashed by unnecessary delays. It’s long past time for the administration to secure the southern border and safely reopen the northern border.”
 
“Safe, effective vaccines are available to all North Dakotans ages 12 and up and remain our best tools to preserve hospital capacity and protect against the delta variant,” Burgum added. “Individuals with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to visit with their doctor or medical provider.”
 
Last month, Burgum sent a joint letter with the governors of Montana and Idaho and the premiers of Saskatchewan and Alberta urging the federal governments of the United States and Canada to work together and reach an agreement to reopen the international border immediately.
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MINOT, ND – In accordance with CDC guidance, First District Health Unit will now offer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people who are immunocompromised or have had a solid organ transplant. The third dose, also being called the booster dose, will be given at least 28 days after the second dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe has amended First District Health Unit’s vaccine orders to include the recommended third dose. Dr. Nwaigwe, is the District Health Officer and is board-certified in Infectious Diseases.
First District continues to encourage everyone 12 and older to get vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective, and there have been break-through cases in vaccinated people. Still the vaccine is extremely effective at preventing hospitalizations and death.
 
“In the past month, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state has mushroomed from 218 on July 20 to 1,353 today,” said Dr. Nwaigwe. “We are finding more cases in younger people than we’ve previously seen.” Nwaigwe adds that hospitalizations are also on the rise. “Getting vaccinated is the number one thing you can do to help keep you and your family safe, and keep kids in school. Many children are too young to be vaccinated, and your vaccine helps to protect them as well.”
 
The FDA is expected to authorize booster doses for additional people in the coming months. The booster dose is currently authorized for people who have:
 
– Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
– Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
– Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
– Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
– Advanced or untreated HIV infection
– Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
 
In addition to getting vaccinated, First District urges people to eat healthy meals, get enough sleep, and stay physically active. Healthy lifestyles help the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight diseases like COVID-19.
 
A COVID vaccination appointment can be scheduled online by visiting the First District website, www.fdhu.org, or by calling your local First District Health Unit office.
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DENVER – FEMA has provided more than $3.5 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in North Dakota. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued April 1, 2020. FEMA has provided a total of almost $111.9 million for the North Dakota COVID-19 response to date. The $3.5 million was received by the North Dakota Department of Health to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capabilities, the hiring of additional staff and adding COVID testing sites. The department also purchased, stored, and distributed COVID testing materials, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Marathon Petroleum Corp. and ADM announced that Marathon will invest in ADM’s recently announced $350 million soybean processing plant at Spiritwood, N.D. The soybean crushing plant will provide soybean oil exclusively to Marathon’s renewable diesel facility in Dickinson. Under the agreement, ADM will own 75% of the joint venture and Marathon will own 25%. When completed in 2023, the Spiritwood facility will source and process local soybeans and supply the soybean oil exclusively to Marathon – enough feedstock for about 75 million gallons of renewable diesel per year, the companies said.
 
“This agreement will add even more value to North Dakota-grown soybeans, providing benefits to our farmers, consumers and the economy and creating the potential for additional opportunities for ag feedstock to support renewable fuels,” said Gov. Doug Burgum, who worked with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, ADM and local officials to help secure the state’s first soybean crush at Spiritwood and continues to promote opportunities for value-added partnerships between the agriculture and energy sectors. “We’re grateful to ADM and Marathon Petroleum Corp. for forming this partnership and to all the partners helping to bring this important project to fruition.”
 
The soybean crush will create 70 permanent jobs and process up to 150,000 bushels of soybeans per day, according to ADM.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford congratulated former Gov. Jack Dalrymple during a ceremony Friday at North Dakota State University to rename the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex as the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex.
 
“As a farmer, state legislator, lieutenant governor and governor, Jack Dalrymple has always been a champion for North Dakota agriculture, including his instrumental role in securing funding for this world-class research facility that now bears his name and will ensure North Dakota remains a leader in ag innovation for generations to come,” Burgum said. “On behalf of a grateful state, congratulations to Jack and the entire Dalrymple family on this well-deserved recognition.”
 
“Facilities like the Jack Dalrymple Agricultural Research Complex will play a crucial role in the farms of the future and in North Dakota’s ever-expanding role of feeding and fueling the world,” Sanford said. “We thank Gov. Dalrymple for his support for North Dakota agriculture and education, and for all the areas where their paths cross.”
 
 
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