North Dakota health officials on Sunday confirmed 45 new positive COVID-19 cases and one new death due to the coronavirus, reflecting what have been typically low weekend numbers.
The state lab processed 2,116 tests in the last day, for a 2.6% positivity rate. More than 402,000 residents have been tested since the start of the pandemic.
The COVID Tracking Project reports there were about 148 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 49th in the country for new cases per capita. One in every 1,123 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.
The update increased the total number of positive tests to 99,277. The death toll stands at 1,438. Active COVID-19 cases numbered 725, with 136 in Burleigh-Morton counties.
Hospitalizations rose by one, to 40, with eight patients currently being treated in intensive care units. The state's hospital tracker shows there are 29 staffed ICU beds and 322 staffed inpatient beds available across North Dakota.
The state did not receive some expected vaccine shipments on Tuesday or Thursday due to severe winter weather elsewhere. Health officials said they are expecting deliveries to resume Monday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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.
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. A list of vaccine priority groups can be found at https://www.health.nd.gov/covid-19-vaccine-priority-groups. 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.