Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 02:07 pm

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has partnered with agency KK Bold to develop an outreach effort for the citizens of North Dakota. This effort, referred to as the North Dakota COVID-19 Impact Wall, features a collection of stories about North Dakotans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be promoted in a statewide campaign in the weeks to come.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of individuals and families across the state of North Dakota and throughout the world. The North Dakota COVID-19 Impact Wall is an online virtual platform designed to provide the citizens of North Dakota an opportunity to share their personal experiences and stories of loss, survival, and/or long-haul symptoms due to COVID-19, in hopes of bringing the community together through health. The virtual platform also provides an opportunity for the community to pay tribute to and recognize those who have passed away due to the COVID-19 virus.

“The North Dakota COVID-19 Impact Wall was established to honor those lost and to provide a voice to those negatively impacted by COVID-19 in North Dakota,” said Molly Howell, immunization director for the NDDoH. “Thank you to these citizens for coming forward and being willing to tell their stories. We have the ability through vaccination to prevent stories like these from happening in the future.”

“This project was pursued in an effort to raise awareness of the seriousness of COVID-19, including long-term effects, risk of hospitalization and even death. We regularly hear the stories from North Dakotans about how COVID-19 has impacted their lives and families,” said Marie Moe, NDDoH Chief Communications Officer. “The site provides a virtual gathering place to share experiences, reflect, remember, and learn.”

In addition to personal testimonials, the site also provides resources and information about COVID-19 vaccines, including interviews with health care providers who share information specific to their areas of practice and COVID-19 vaccines.

Individuals are encouraged to visit the North Dakota COVID-19 Impact Wall to share their personal experience if they have lost a loved one or are suffering from COVID-19 themselves.

“The site is being introduced today with initial stories from those who contacted us by email after seeing an opportunity posted on our social media platforms,” said Moe. “Introducing the wall opens up an opportunity for more North Dakotans to share and connect – recognizing the impact COVID-19 has had on us as individuals, communities and as a state.”

The site will be updated regularly as submissions are received and interviews are completed.

The stories, photographs, and information found on this website are user-submitted. They have not been verified or authenticated by the North Dakota Department of Health or any of its partners. Content submitted via this form is approved and published at the discretion of the North Dakota Department of Health.