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COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline in North Dakota

It is unclear how many active COVID-19 cases are in North Dakota because of the lack of data now reported by the Department of Health each week.

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A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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BISMARCK — The number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall in North Dakota, and infections again decreased over the past week.

The North Dakota Department of Health transitioned to updating its public COVID-19 dashboard once per week, as well a significantly decreasing the amount of data present on the dashboard, including the number of COVID-19 deaths reported each week.

The following are the latest COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations from the North Dakota Department of Health.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED SINCE MARCH 18: 242
  • ACTIVE CASES: No longer reported
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: No longer reported
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: No longer reported
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported

It is unclear how many active COVID-19 cases are in North Dakota because of the lack of data now reported by the Department of Health each week. Since March 18, Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, reported 61 new positive COVID-19 infections. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 20 new cases and Ward County, which encompasses Minot, and Grand Forks County each reported 19 new infections.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 68
  • DEATHS REPORTED WEDNESDAY: No longer reported
  • TOTAL DEATHS: No longer reported

The Department of Health no longer reports information about COVID-19 deaths on its dashboard. According to the state's provisional data, North Dakota reported 156 COVID-19 deaths collectively throughout January and February of this year.

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Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 492,314 (64.6% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 416,107 (54.6% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 202,915 (26% of population)

The top two figures are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , while the bottom figure is from the state's vaccine dashboard . The Department of Health encourages people to find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine at www.health.nd.gov/protect.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at mgriffith@forumcomm.com.

Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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