COVID-19 Information

Watford City/McKenzie County COVID-19 Response Team

Watford City and McKenzie County have created a response team to keep you informed. Goals of the COVID-19 response is to protect the public health and safety, coordinate services and resources, facilitate assistance to quarantined and/or shut-in residents, and be the central conduit of information for our residents.
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Special Announcements

North Dakota Launches Care19 App to help combat COVID-19

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McKenzie County Declares Public Health Emergency
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Watford City Declares Public Health Emergency
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Governor Bergum Issues Travel Quarantine Orders for People Returning to State  
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Governor Announces Workforce Coordination Center
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ONEOK Hospitality COVID-19 Relief Fund
ONEOK has partnered with the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) to create the ONEOK Hospitality Employee COVID-19 Relief Fund. ONEOK has contributed $200,000 to start this fund managed by the NDCF to help hospitality workers with their immediate needs.   
Employees who work in the hospitality field as their primary job may apply at https://www.ndcf.net/learn/oneok.html for consideration. Funds will be dispersed as $500 grants directly to qualified workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Williston, Watford City, Killdeer, Keene, Belfield, Alexander, Dickinson, North Dakota; and Sidney, Montana. Applications will be reviewed weekly, starting April 10, until the fund is exhausted.


School, venue and business closures
March 19: BISMARCK, N.D. -   In a series of executive orders announced Thursday, Gov. Doug Burgum extended school closures “until further notice” and ordered entertainment venues like movie theatres and on-site restaurants and bars to cease their in-dining options. However, food establishments are still allowed to offer take-out and delivery options.  
McKenzie County Business Closures
Until further notice, the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners have approved a motion to close all county buildings to the public effective March 20 2020
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City Hall Office Closure
In support of the health of our communities and employees, we are closing our office for walk-in traffic. Our employees will continue to serve the community and phone lines will be open during normal business hours of 08:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.

US Forest Service: Dakota Prairie Grasslands Closure
All developed recreation sites have been open to recreational use beginning Memorial Day Weekend...we continue to encourage users to practice current CDC recommendations for social distancing and other measures to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Closed Through May 9th to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
In response to guidance from state, county, and local health officials, Theodore Roosevelt National Park will be closed to recreational use until further notice (this includes visitor centers, facilities, trails, and campgrounds).
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McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Nursing Home and Horizon
MCHS is following state and national guidelines and is restricting visitation at the nursing home and the assisted living facility only to immediate family members of residents who are at end of life. 

Business Support and Information

McKenzie County Economic Development has created a comprehensive list of support materials and links to assist businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
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McKenzie County Emergency Management 
We need to be prepared, not scared! 

If you or someone you know are having respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) please call the Hospital – McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) at 701-842-3000 #9.  Call before presenting to the emergency room. 
Toll free Public Health hotline: 866-207-2880 

Karolin Jappe - McKenzie County Emergency Manager
201 5th Street NW Watford City, ND 58854
Office: 701.444.7483   Cell: 701.580.6936 

The Buzz

In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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