BISMARCK, ND (STL.News) Gov. Doug Burgum today issued the following statement as March 11 marks one year since the first COVID-19 case was identified in North Dakota.
“Today marks one year since we confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in North Dakota. As we always do in an emergency, North Dakotans came together as friends and neighbors to fight this invisible enemy, taking actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives and livelihoods. We recognized the importance of keeping our children in school, our economy open and our most vulnerable residents protected.
“We could not have weathered this storm without the incredible efforts of our frontline health care workers, first responders, educators, business leaders, local public health units, the dedicated members of Team ND and, most of all, the residents of our great state who showed the power of personal responsibility. For your commitment to protecting your fellow North Dakotans, we are eternally grateful. As our COVID numbers trend in the right direction and North Dakota continues to be a national leader in vaccination efforts, we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we have each of you to thank for it.