North Dakota sees no COVID-19 deaths for 5th time this month

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s rate of positive examinations for COVID-19 remained low in Monday’s daily update, which included its usual sparse amount of processed tests from the weekend.

The list included 69 new cases from 2,194 tests, a positivity rate of 3.63%. The COVID Tracking Project reports that North Dakota’s rolling average number of daily new cases over the past two weeks has decreased by more than 27%.

A total of 95,934 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The state has seen a steady decline of daily cases since peaking in mid-November and ranks 48th per capita in the country for new cases over the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The update showed no deaths in the last day, the fifth time this month that no fatalities have been reported in a 24-hour period. The death count, which stands at a total of 1,384, is the sixth highest per capita at 185 deaths per 100,000 people, researchers said.

Hospitalizations increased by six in the last day, to 91. The state’s hospital tracker shows there are 32 staffed intensive care unit beds and 351 staffed inpatient beds available throughout North Dakota.

A statewide mask mandate that was ordered in mid-November was allowed to expire Monday morning.