North Dakota virus cases, hospitalizations continue plunge

December 27, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Sunday that hospitalizations due to complications from the coronavirus are dropping toward double figures, one month after sitting at more than 300 for many days.

The number of people receiving treatment in medical centers dropped by five in the last day, to 106. The state’s hospital tracker updated Sunday shows there are 39 staffed intensive care unit beds and 351 staffed inpatient beds available throughout North Dakota.

The daily cases continue to plummet as well. Officials said 110 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, out of 1,924 examinations. The state has confirmed a total of 91,486 cases since the start of the pandemic.


The COVID Tracking Project reports there were about 495 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 45th in the country for new cases per capita. One in every 484 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.

The update showed two deaths since Saturday’s report, for a total of 1,266 fatalities. The death count is the 41st highest in the country overall and the fourth highest per capita at 166.3 deaths per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.