Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Wednesday, Oct. 27.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 17 COVID-19 deaths as fatalities climbed above 100 for October. The state also reported an increase in active COVID-19 cases.
The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the state Health Department as of Tuesday, Oct. 26. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next. Full story here.
Most North Dakota nursing homes freeze admissions as staffing woes mount
BISMARCK — More than half of North Dakota’s nursing homes have frozen admissions as they struggle to maintain staffing and have seen their occupancy rates slump during the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the reduced occupancy capacity, nursing homes report that families trying to place residents in care centers are calling all over the state.
A survey of the more than 200 North Dakota nursing homes found that 57.6% are no longer admitting new residents, according to the North Dakota Long Term Care Association, which conducted the survey. Full story here.
Proposed south Fargo school boundary change moves forward
FARGO — The Fargo Public Schools Board of Education passed the first reading with a vote of 7-2 for a boundary change in south Fargo that would move 37 elementary students to a new school.
Board members Seth Holden, Tracie Newman, Robin Nelson, Jim Johnson, Rebecca Knutson, Nikkie Gullickson and Brian Nelson voted in favor of the motion, which will give two weeks to allow for public input before a final vote is made during the Nov. 9 board meeting.
Board members Jennifer Benson and David Paulson were the dissenting votes. Full story here.
Horace High School opens to students this week
HORACE, N.D. — After months of construction under the watchful eyes of administrators' stressfully watching the delayed progress, Horace High School will open its doors to students for the first time this week.
West Fargo Schools Superintendent Beth Slette said Monday, Oct. 25, that the 225 students who will be learning at the district's third high school will be able to enter the building Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The students, who have remained at Heritage Middle School since the start of the 2021-22 school year, attended virtual classes Monday and Tuesday to allow teachers and administrators the time to move into the building and set up classrooms. Full story here.