According to KFYR-TV-The North Dakota Department of Health reported Friday the first confirmed death in the state due to COVID-19.

The man was in his 90s from Cass County and had underlying health conditions. He acquired COVID-19 through community spread, meaning the source of infection was unknown.

“Kathryn and I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends who have lost a loved one,” said Gov. Doug Burgum. “Each of us has a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in North Dakota and protect those most vulnerable to the disease – our elderly and individuals with underlying health conditions. We’re all in this together.”

Meanwhile in Bismarck, a local man with coronavirus is fighting for his life and was put on a ventilator last night.  His daughter on a facebook post said, "My Dad's illness worsened overnight.  None of us can be there with him.  Please share my family's experience with COVID-19 with anyone in your life who isn't taking this seriously, and please pray for my family."

Steps everyone can take to slow the spread of the virus include:
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, for seven days after your illness onset or three days after your fever resolves without fever reducing medicine, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.