North Dakota's Health Department on Wednesday reported 154 new COVID-19 cases, but no new coronavirus-related deaths for a fifth straight day.
The new cases brought the state's pandemic total to 107,154, with 104,589 recoveries, 1,486 deaths and 4,111 hospitalizations. Current hospitalizations rose by four from Tuesday, to 37. The state calculated a positivity rate of 3.06% from 7,016 tests completed Tuesday.
Active COVID-19 cases rose again statewide, to 1,079 -- 32 more than Tuesday. They rose by five in Burleigh-Morton counties, to 217.
About 536,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed in North Dakota, to about 276,000 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.