North Dakota sees no new deaths due to COVID-19 for 2nd day
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Sunday said the state’s COVID-19 update listed no deaths for a second straight day and showed another drop in hospitalizations.
The number of people requiring care in medical facilities has decreased by 13 in the last two days, to 72. Ten patients are currently being treated in intensive care units. The state’s hospital tracker reports there are 34 staffed ICU beds and 371 staffed inpatient beds available in North Dakota.
The number of fatalities due to complications from the coranvirus stands at 1,352. Data compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins University researchers ranks North Dakota sixth highest in the country per capita at about 178 deaths per 100,000 people.
Health officials said 93 of the 3,352 virus tests processed in the last day came back positive, or 3.16% of them. A total of 94,716 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic.
North Dakota’s statewide mask mandate is in effect until Jan. 18.
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.