North Dakota virus hospitalizations continue downward trend
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Wednesday that hospitalizations due the coronavirus dropped from 93 to 85 in the last day, with 13 patients currently requiring treatment in intensive care units.
Medical facilities across the state have seen a steady drop in patients since the middle of November, a time when many of the largest facilities scrambled to provide staffed ICU beds. The state’s hospital tracker shows there are currently 31 staffed ICU beds and 326 staffed inpatient beds available throughout the state.
Health officials reported 341 new positive tests in the last 24 hours, for a total of 93,832 since the pandemic began. Nearly 7,000 tests were processed, for a daily positive rate of 5.4%.
There were 400 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 48th in the country for new cases per capita, according to The COVID Tracking Project. One in every 456 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.
Five new deaths were confirmed, lifting the fatality count to 1,334. The per capita death count compared to the rest of the country moved up from sixth to fifth highest based on data complied Tuesday by the tracking project.