North Dakota sees no new deaths due to COVID-19


BISMARCK, ND (AP) – Health officials in North Dakota said Sunday that the state’s COVID-19 update listed no deaths for the second straight day and showed a further decline after hospitalization.

The number of people requiring care in medical facilities has fallen from 13 in the last two days to 72. Ten patients are currently being treated in intensive care units. The State Hospital Tracker reports 34 staff ICU beds and 371 staff inpatient beds are available in North Dakota.

The fatalities due to complications from the coronavirus are 1,352. North Dakota ranks sixth in the nation on 178 deaths per person per capita in data compiled Saturday by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Health officials said that out of 3,352 virus tests processed on the last day, 93 returned positively, or 3.16% of them. A total of 94,716 cases have been confirmed since the onset of the epidemic.

North Dakota’s statewide facade mandate remains in force until January 18.

For most people, the new coronovirus has mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can lead to more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.

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