Governor Doug Burgum spoke to North Dakotans about state plans to slow down the spread of covid-19 (coronavirus). The press conference came the morning after the ND Department of Health confirmed the first case in the state. Burgum delivered remarks, facts, and plans to his residents in a cool, calm, collected manner. It was the type of address needed by an elected leader at this time.
One of the key points is social distancing to help reduce the spread of this virus. More specifically, is being cautious about contact with populations at higher risk including the elderly. North Dakota’s elderly population tends to be older in comparison to other states. How do long term care facilities and nursing homes plan to limit contact? The President of the ND Long Term Care Association talks about their plans.
Shelly Peterson, President of ND Long Term Care Association
There is no doubt this time of social distancing will be difficult for some. Concern about the impact on mental and emotional wellness are justified. It is being advised to continue to stay in touch with those in these facilities. Phone calls, text messages, video chats are options to consider if available.
As we do our part individually, NDx will be following the state and federal government to ensure they’re doing theirs. Check back as we dig into whether Medicaid dollars will be available to be freely used to combat covid-19. Reports of the Trump administration blocking such action is very troubling.
About Shelly Peterson:
Shelly E. Peterson is President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. Peterson has been President for the Association for 30 years. Peterson joined Tyler Axness on KFGO’s “Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness” on March 12th.