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North Dakota reports 3rd straight day with no virus deaths

January 11, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s COVID-19 update released Monday showed no deaths for a third straight day, a mark that hasn’t been seen in nearly six months although health officials noted that virus reports are typically sporadic over the weekend.

The two previous days of no fatalities did not change the state’s death toll ranking of sixth highest per capita in the country at about about 178 deaths per 100,000 people, according to The COVID Tracking Project. A total of 1,352 people have died from complications due to the coronavirus.

Health officials have confirmed 16 deaths this month, after 272 on December and 494 in November.

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“I’m cautiously optimistic,” state Health Department spokeswoman Nicole Peske said. “Typically we do have a lag in reporting from over the weekend so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

The state reported 121 new positive cases since Sunday, for a total of 94,830 cases since the start of the pandemic. The tracking project ranks that 48th in the country for new cases per capita. One in every 454 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.

Hospitalizations increased by two, to 74. State data from Sunday showed 43 staffed intensive care unit beds and 417 staffed inpatient beds available in North Dakota.