State health officials on Monday reported three more coronavirus-related deaths in Burleigh County and another in Ward, raising each county's pandemic total to 115.
That's behind only Cass County with 117, including a new death reported Monday. The Department of Health also reported a new victim in Grand Forks County, raising the state's death toll to 846. With 280 of them coming in November, the state is on pace to surpass October's high of 295.
Health officials reported 710 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily number since 527 on Oct. 26. The new cases included 103 in Burleigh and 45 in Morton County, and brought the state's total since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March to 73,397, with 62,697 recoveries and 2,481 hospitalizations.
There were 314 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Monday, down one from the previous day. There were 22 staffed intensive care unit beds and 223 staffed inpatient beds available in North Dakota, according to state data. Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck each had one staffed ICU bed available. Sanford had five staffed inpatient beds available and CHI St. Alexius had nine.
Active cases of COVID-19 statewide dropped below 10,000, to 9,854. There were 2,011 active cases in Burleigh-Morton.
The number of state residents tested for coronavirus at least once is at 339,483 and total tests number 1,084,813, including 7,091 completed Sunday.
A statewide mask mandate is in effect, along with enforced capacity restrictions for bars, restaurants, and various event venues. Violations could be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. Repeat violations could lead to a fine up to $1,500 and 30 days in jail. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/38NiT4r and https://bit.ly/3kDdVtb.
All North Dakota counties are in the orange "high 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.
The state's COVID-19 Smart Restart County Analysis data dashboard can be accessed at www.health.nd.gov/healthmetrics. Information on COVID-19 in K-12 schools is at https://www.health.nd.gov/k-12-school-dashboard. For more detailed information on coronavirus in North Dakota, go to health.nd.gov/coronavirus.