North Dakota governor hasn’t ruled out special session

FARGO — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has been in daily contact with lawmakers about the coronavirus and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of calling a special session, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Mike Nowatzki, Burgum’s communications director, said that although “it’s too early to speculate” about whether to call in lawmakers, the governor’s office continues to evaluate the COVID-19 pandemic on an “hour-by-hour” basis. They’re also monitoring the impacts of the oil price crash, Nowatzki said.


The state has reported a total of 45 confirmed cases of the virus and eight people are hospitalized. Health officials had tested a total of 1,955 people as of Wednesday afternoon.