North Dakota commerce department launches survey to better understand the community impacts of COVID-19

Normally West Acres Mall in Fargo on a Saturday would be full of shoppers from around the region, but due to the coronavirus the mall is temporarily closed. March 28, 2020. Chris Flynn / The Forum

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Commerce has created a North Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey to understand the impacts the virus has had in the state.

The survey is a partnership with the Department of Commerce and other state agencies. It was opened to the public earlier this week and the department says it has already “has provided valuable input that will help structure future programs and outreach,” according to a news release from the department.

The goal of the survey is to understand how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting communities and individuals across the state, the department said. Survey participants will be asked to provide experiences since March 13 when Gov. Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By understanding exactly how this pandemic is impacting individuals and households in communities around North Dakota, Commerce and partner agencies will be able to effectively leverage assets, resources and programs to support North Dakotans during this challenging time,” Deputy Commerce Commissioner Shawn Kessel said in a statement. “We encourage every North Dakotan to share their thoughts.”

In addition to the community survey, the commerce department is also leading a similar effort to better understand the experiences of businesses in North Dakota. The business survey is currently closed but will re-open in a few weeks.


The North Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey can be accessed at .

As of Thursday, April 16, 393 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since mid-March and nine people have died.

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