State to continue providing rapid testing supplies as long-term care facilities transition to post-vaccine phase
BISMARCK, ND (STL.News) With over 85 percent of North Dakota’s long-term care residents now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today that the state will shift from state-driven guidance to locally driven decisions in basic care and assisted living facilities, while also providing testing supplies to all long-term care facilities as they transition to a post-vaccination phase.
More than 90 percent of long-term care residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while over 85 percent of residents and 49 percent of staff have received both doses.
“These milestones bring tremendous hope and encouragement to long-term care residents, families and staff and allow facilities to begin implementing their post-vaccination plans,” Burgum said. “Today, we are moving from state-driven guidance to locally driven decisions that are implemented by each assisted living and basic care facility. The state will continue to provide testing supplies for residents, staff and visitors and recommendations to help protect the most vulnerable and those who care for them.”
North Dakota is one of the most open states in the nation when it comes to long-term care visitation, with all assisted living and basic care facilities allowing in-person visitation.