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COVID-19 and Voting Information

June Primary Election Voting Information 
The June Election will be only by mail ballot with no in-person polling locations open on election day. Be prepared so you can vote! The first step: make sure your driver's license is up to date.
Visit to update your license

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Or call the hotline at 1-833-877-0143
COVID-19 Business Resource 
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Gov. Bergum Issues Travel Quarantine Orders for People Returning to State
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County Declares Public Health Emergency
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City Declares Public Health Emergency
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School 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.  
Read the full story here

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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We need to be prepared, not scared! 

There is so much good information out there, and as department heads and community leaders for all of McKenzie County it is absolutely essential that we continue to endorse accurate information to prevent undue panic from the community.  

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. 

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. 

At this time we would recommend cancelling or rescheduling any large meetings, asking the public to limit courthouse visits to absolute necessity, and we will put any new information on the McKenzie County Emergency Management Facebook page.     

There is a 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 


A survey if you have traveled in the past 14 days, resources after you have been tested for COVID-19:  

Events and Public Gatherings recommendations and rationale for social distancing:  

CDC Links:  symptoms and testing  Protect your home  Protect your family  How to prepare  Schools and daycares  Water Transmission

Public Works has moved from the courthouse to their new facility:  1300 12th St SE, Watford City.  

     Effective 7/1/2020 at 12:00 PM (CST) all McKenzie County gravel roads, with the exception of 23rd St NW between Hwy 85 and 125th Ave NW, will return to posted load limits. 23rd St NW will remain at 20,000 lbs GVW.

The weight restriction for the bridge on 19th St NW just East of the intersection of ND68 has been reduced to 3 tons.

Upon inspection, the bridge on 107th Ave NW between CR53 and CR57 has a restriction of 0 ton and must be closed.        

14th St SW is closed for construction from US85/2nd Ave SW going South to 11th Ave SW.  Please use  detour .  

Construction is currently underway on CR 37 from US 85 to Hwy 23 and on 125th Ave NW from Hwy 23 to CR 34.  Please plan on additional time for travel on these roads.

Construction is currently underway on CR 35 from the intersection of Hwy 85/2nd Ave SW to 30th Ave NW.  You may encounter poor surfacing and travel can/will become difficult at times.  We recommend taking an alternative route if possible such as 128th Ave NW.      

Please use the following to stay up to date with any additional restrictions.

-          You can also go to this site to sign up for email and/or text notifications for not only McKenzie county, but Williams, Billings, Dunn, Mountrail, and other participating counties.
Speed Limits for all PAVED ROADS are 55 mph unless posted otherwise.
  • Route 38 from Route 5 to state line 35mph
  • Route 53 from Route 45 to Reservation Line 45mph
  • Route 50 from HWY 85 West to gravel 45mph
Speed Limits for all GRAVEL ROADS are 35 mph unless posted otherwise.


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