Coronavirus-related hospitalizations reached another peak in North Dakota on Monday as new measures came into force aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping hospitals, schools and the economy open.
Hospitalizations have increased by 10, to 332, more than twice as many as a month ago. According to the latest state data, there are 11 open beds for intensive care and 181 beds outside the intensive care unit in the country. In Bismarck, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health had one bed for the intensive care unit with staff. Sanford had three open beds with staff who are not part of the intensive care unit, and CHI St. Alexius ̵
The Department of Health reported 1,089 new cases of COVID-19, including 117 in Burley County and 30 in Morton County, raising the overall North Dakota pandemic to 64,885. Burley-Morton together had 2,150 active cases, one-fifth of a total of 10,900 states. .
The Associated Press reported that North Dakota continues to rank first in the country in new cases per capita in the past two weeks. One in every 80 people in the state was positive last week, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Since the start of the pandemic in mid-March, 53,242 recoveries, 2,195 hospitalizations and 743 deaths have taken place, including seven new deaths reported Monday: victims aged 70, 80 and 90 in Barnes, Eddie, Dickie, Grand Forks Stark, Schuttsman and Walsh.