Three more people in the Bismarck-Mandan region have died with COVID-19, the state Health Department reported Thursday.
A Burleigh County man in his 70s, and Morton County men in their 50s and 90s were among five new coronavirus-related deaths statewide. They brought North Dakota's pandemic death toll to 1,491 people, including 100 in Morton and 191 in Burleigh.
Health officials reported 146 new COVID-19 cases from 5,065 tests completed Wednesday, and calculated a positivity rate of 4.14%. Active virus cases were relatively stable, at 1,097 statewide and 216 in Burleigh-Morton.
Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, there have been 107,298 confirmed virus cases in North Dakota, with 104,710 recoveries and 4,119 hospitalizations. Thirty-four people remained in a hospital Thursday, down three from the previous day.
About 540,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed in North Dakota, to about 277,000 people. Two of the three available vaccines require two doses, weeks apart.
All North Dakota counties are in the green "low" risk level on the state's five-level color-coded system. The risk level determines coronavirus-related protocols in place under the ND Smart Restart Plan for everything from businesses to family gatherings. Those protocols are not enforced. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/38npUYV.
Gov. Doug Burgum is lifting the state's coronavirus emergency declaration on Friday. At that point, the state will stop maintaining a coronavirus risk level.
The state's COVID-19 Smart Restart County Analysis data dashboard can be accessed at www.health.nd.gov/healthmetrics. A list of free testing offered by local public health units is at health.nd.gov/covidtesting. People can go to health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator or call 866-207-2880 to see where COVID-19 vaccine is available near them.
For more detailed information on coronavirus in North Dakota, go to www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus.