BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) tested 32 samples for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday and all test results were negative. That brings the state’s total number of tested cases to 86 negative and one positive, with six pending.

This morning, Gov. Doug Burgum convened members of the state’s COVID-19 Unified Command, which the governor activated Friday as he declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus public health crisis. The Unified Command is led by State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte and the state’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann. Members include Cabinet leaders, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

Members discussed actions taken so far to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus and how to continue and expand upon the efforts of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center, which has been in place since January.

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