North Dakota’s Department of Health on Monday reported 201 new cases of COVID-19 and a slight increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations, along with five more deaths.
The data was from a relatively low 3,603 tests handled Sunday. Testing often drops over the weekend. The positivity rate as calculated by the state was 5.68%.
The new cases included 69 in Burleigh-Morton counties, and the new deaths included Burleigh men in their 80s and 90s and a Morton man in his 60s. The state’s pandemic death toll rose to 1,157, and its case total since mid-March hit 88,067, with 83,318 recoveries.
Active cases statewide dropped by 100, to 3,592; regionally they rose slightly, to 714. Active cases statewide have dropped steadily over the last month, with health experts and state officials attributing it in part to a mask mandate and business capacity restrictions. Some people view the measures as a restriction on personal freedoms.
Hospitalizations on Monday rose by seven, to 277. Hospitals in the state had 24 staffed intensive care unit beds and 313 non-ICU beds available, according to the most recent state data. In Bismarck, Sanford Health had two staffed ICU beds open and CHI St. Alexius Health had four. Sanford had eight staffed non-ICU beds and CHI St. Alexius had five.