North Dakota tops 900 deaths since start of pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has surpassed 900 deaths due to complications from COVID-19, with more than 200 of the fatalities coming in just the past two weeks, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Health.

Officials confirmed five new deaths in the last day, bringing the statewide death toll from the virus to 902. The have been 336 fatalities so far in November, the deadliest month since the pandemic began.

The state’s death count is the 38th highest in the country and the eighth highest per capita at 118 deaths per 100,000 people, according to figures compiled by The COVID Tracking Project.

The state said there were 309 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, an increase of seven. The most recent data shows only 17 staffed Intensive Care Unit beds and 262 staffed inpatient beds available statewide.

There have been 77,232 positive tests since the start of the pandemic, including 797 reported on Friday.

There were about 2,2272 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 97 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.