Local officials are grappling with their growing number of cases as state authorities look to encourage them to do what’s best in their communities to slow the rapid spread of the pandemic.
With the pandemic showing no signs of remission, the North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, November 3, reported 15 more deaths from COVID-19.
North Dakota’s death rate is staggeringly higher than that of the rest of the country, with 1.5 deaths per 100,000 people in the past seven days. The national average is 0.3 deaths per 100,000 cases in the past seven days, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 230,800 Americans died of COVID-19 during the pandemic through Tuesday.
The deaths announced Tuesday were all men and women between the ages of 50 and 90 and included three women from Burleigh County, two residents of Towner County and two men from Ward County. Others are from Benson, Cass, Dickey, LaMoure, Pierce, Rolette, Stark and Wells counties.
October was North Dakota’s deadliest month to date, with 275 dead. More deaths are likely to be added to the state’s official figures in October when investigations of the death conclude. October saw more than double the number of deaths than September so far.
At least 326 state deaths have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, many of which saw a spike in population and staffing last month.
COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide remained high at 215 residents on Tuesday, and about 11% of staffed beds statewide.
Hospital capacity in the state’s largest cities remained tight on Tuesday, with both Essentia Health and Sanford Health in Fargo reporting no bed staff. Of the city’s three hospitals, three staffed ICU beds and eight boarding beds are available only at Fargo’s VA hospital.
Bismarck reports that six patient beds and two ICU beds are staffed in two of Bismarck’s two hospitals, according to the latest data from the North Dakota Department of Health.
Statewide, there are 12 staffed ICU beds and 195 patient beds available, according to the latest figures from the North Dakota Department of Health.
As of October 3, the state reported 3,055 residents known to be infected with COVID-19. As of Tuesday, at least 8,396 residents have been infected with the virus. This is a 175% increase in the number of COVID-19 active cases in a month.
Grand Forks County recently overcame 1,000 cases for the first time, and local health officials are warning that the worst has not yet happened and urging governments at all levels to enact strict policies. to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The County reported an additional 218 cases on Tuesday.
Steele County has enacted masking regulations to protect citizens in the county, Steele County Public Health announced Tuesday. The county has a population of around 1,900 and it reports a positive status of 16% for all COVID-19 tests in the past 14 days, according to the Department of Health.
Ward County, including Minot, reported an additional 182 COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday and currently has the third highest number of active cases among North Dakota counties with 1,222 residents known to be infected. virus.
Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo, has 1,229 known residents – the most of the state’s 53 counties. It announced 176 more cases on Tuesday.
About 16% of the 7,615 residents tested as part of the last wave received a positive result, but 24% of residents tested for the first time received a positive result.
North Dakota did not report an average positive rate for seven days, but the Forum News Service calculated it to be about 14% for all residents tested and around 24% for trials conducted on residents that have not been previously checked.
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