Seeds with a high risk of Agent Orange were required to reduce their capacity by 25%, capped at 50 people.
But while the state’s high level of risk previously required the closure of certain businesses, according to the state’s initial pandemic response plan, Burgum revised those requirements as 16 counties were raised. two weeks ago high. Counties raised to the Orange risk level on Thursday are encouraged but not required to follow the capacity reduction and cloaking guidelines, according to state regulatory policies.
An increased level of risk emerged when North Dakota reported a new daily record for COVID-19 positive on Thursday, October 29, bringing the state to another pandemic high for active cases. moving. And with 11 deaths reported Thursday, the state reached a threshold of 500 viral deaths.
The State Department of Health revealed 184 people hospitalized for the virus in its latest report as North Dakota’s already strained health care system continues to add a new strain of the virus.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, North Dakota remains the top country in the rankings for multiple outbreaks, reporting the most number of COVID-19 infections and the number of deaths per capita of the entire population. water in the past week. The Upper Midwest experienced a region-wide viral surge, with South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Montana all seeing a rapid increase in the number of cases last month.
With 1,222 new positive cases reported on Thursday, the state set a new positive case record of 6,771.
But the total number of operational cases given in the Health Ministry’s daily report is expected. In the past, the state has reported large amounts of backlog recalls, retroactively publishing nearly 500 unreported recalls from the weekend before earlier this week. According to its health analysis team, the department is reporting some latency recovery, meaning that the total daily active shifts can be updated at later days.
In recent weeks, a serious outbreak has occurred in Ward County, including Minot, where new incidences and deaths have increased alarmingly over the past week. The County reported 9 deaths on Tuesday, five deaths on Wednesday and three more deaths on Thursday. One hundred and sixty-five new COVID positive cases were revealed at Ward in the latest state report, bringing the county’s total activity to 835 and making it the third largest hotspot in the state, after Burleigh and Cass counties are more populated.
In addition to the deaths in Ward County, the state reports single deaths in Cass, Dickey, Emmons, Logan, Stutsman, McLean, Oliver and Ransom counties, bringing the state’s total reported deaths. bang up 499 people.
The admission of six new COVID patients to North Dakota hospitals brought hospital admissions across the state to a record 184 on Thursday. Another 103 patients were admitted to the hospital at first with some other illness but subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Forty-one infected residents are under special care.
The state is battling a shortage of hospital beds due to COVID admissions converging with health-care worker stress and high viral hospital admissions. According to the latest state data, there are 23 special care beds and 240 boarding beds, typically statewide.
The situation was particularly urgent in Bismarck and Minot. Bismarck’s two hospitals have two ICU beds and 10 boarding beds, while Minot has two ICU beds and only eight boarding beds. Fargo’s three-hospital staff bed availability has also tightened significantly since earlier this week, leaving only four ICU beds and 17 residential beds in the city.
According to the most recent disclosure, there are seven remaining ICU beds and 42 boarding beds in Grand Forks, and four ICU beds and seven boarding beds in Dickinson.
Cass counties, including Fargo, and Burleigh, including Bismarck, vied for the largest hotspot in the state over the past week. Cass reported 278 new cases on Thursday and is currently the largest outbreak in the state, with 1,220 active cases. Burleigh reported 169 new cases on Thursday and has a total of 1,128 active cases.
Grand Forks County has the fourth largest outbreak in the state, after Ward. The county reported 97 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 704.
All but four of North Dakota’s 53 counties reported at least one new positive on Thursday, and every county except one is reporting at least one positive.
About 15.6% of the 8,402 residents tested as part of the last wave received a positive result, but 24.8% of the residents tested for the first time received a positive result.
North Dakota did not report the seven-day average positive rate, but the Forum News Service calculated this rate to be 11.8% for all residents tested and 20.8% for tested tests. on residents that have not been previously checked.
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