North Dakota can't shake worst per capita infection status

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota enters November continuing to lead the nation in the number of new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people, an unenviable distinction the state has held many times in the last couple of months, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

There were 1,718.9 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

North Dakota health officials on Monday reported 975 new coronavirus cases and nine new deaths, bring the statewide death toll to 540. Health officials reported 265 of the deaths occurred in October.

Hospitalizations from the disease caused by the coronavirus also reached a new high for the state at 215, with a net increase of 15 since Sunday. Hospitalizations have hit new highs in each of the past six days.

There were only 209 available inpatient beds and 19 intensive care unit beds in North Dakota hospitals on Monday.

North Dakota’s daily positivity rate was 12.6% on Monday, with 975 new virus cases reported in the past day.