There have been 20 patients and about 48 staff members at the North Dakota State Hospital that have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in March, according to Rosalie Etherington, superintendent of the State Hospital.

Etherington gave a report on the status of COVID-19 treatment during the State Hospital Governing Board quarterly meeting Monday.

Those test results are included with the results reported by the North Dakota Department of Health, which has reported 513 positive test results in Stutsman County since the start of the pandemic. All of the 68 State Hospital positives would have been included in the Stutsman County test results with the exception of any staff members that live outside Stutsman County and commute to work at the State Hospital.

Etherington said the State Hospital has been operating a special COVID-19 unit that treats and isolates patients of the State Hospital and would be available for patients that test positive in any of the three geropsychiatric units licensed across the state.

So far, only one patient has been transported to the State Hospital from another facility for treatment.

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Positive tests among staff have increased in the last month, with 44 of the estimated 48 positive tests reported since Aug. 26. Eduardo Yabut, medical director for the State Hospital, said about seven mass testing events have been held at the State Hospital. Each testing includes about 320 staff members and 100 patients.

There have been no deaths reported at the State Hospital related to COVID-19.