BISMARCK — The number of COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in North Dakota, and since May 29, three COVID-19 deaths have been reported and hospitalizations have steadily declined, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

The following are North Dakota's COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations during the week of Saturday, May 29 to Friday, June 4.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED DURING WEEK OF MAY 29: 285
  • ACTIVE CASES AS OF JUNE 4: 410
  • TOTAL CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 110,151
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 108,226

From May 29 to June 4, North Dakota reported 285 additional positive cases, and active cases declined by 83 during the week.

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As of Friday, Burleigh County had at least 80 people known to be infected with the virus — the most of North Dakota's 53 counties. Following Burleigh County is Ward County with 54 cases, and Cass County with 43 known cases.

The state's rolling 14-day average positivity rate for its COVID-19 cases sits at 2.96%, the lowest since March.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS AS OF JUNE 4: 24

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 0

  • TOTAL DEATHS THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 1,515

Hospitalizations steadily declined during the week of May 29, with 24 residents hospitalized because of COVID-19 as of Friday. The majority of those currently hospitalized in North Dakota due to COVID-19 are in their 60s and 70s.

Even though the Department of Health reported three additional COVID-19 deaths in the last week, no deaths have been reported in June so far.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED AS OF JUNE 3: 294,624 (49.4% of population)

  • COMPLETED SERIES (TWO DOSES) AS OF JUNE 3: 275,383 (46.1% of population)

A total of 4,948 shots were administered from May 29 to June 3, the latest data available. The number of North Dakotans seeking vaccinations has stalled, and last month North Dakota sent 70,000 vaccine doses to other states because so few North Dakotans were seeking the shot.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged parents to vaccinate their teenagers, because nationwide the hospitalization rate among adolescents has increased, according to the Washington Post. In May, the CDC updated its guidance and recommended that everyone 12 and older receive the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine, after vigorous testing, was approved for adolescents last month.

The Department of Health urges residents to seek more information at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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

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North Dakota COVID-19 vaccination rates and progress