Stutsman County has three new cases of coronavirus and 43 total active cases, according to information released Friday, Aug. 26, from the North Dakota Department of Health.

The 43 total active cases is the highest reported by the North Dakota Department of Health since April 29.

Central Valley Health District is seeing more people coming to its testing events at the Jamestown Civic Center, said Robin Iszler, unit administrator for the health district. She said the people who are vaccinated haven’t been as sick and are usually avoiding hospitalizations.

“We would encourage people to stay away from large events and wear a mask if they are concerned about catching COVID,” she said.

Iszler said Central Valley Health’s tests do not show if people are testing positive for the delta variant.

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“What we know from (the North Dakota Department of Health) is that the delta variant is becoming the primary strain circulating in North Dakota,” she said.

Other counties in the Jamestown area reporting new cases include Barnes, one; LaMoure, three; Wells, one; and Dickey, two.

The daily positivity rate in Stutsman County is 4.35%. Stutsman County has reported 82 total deaths related to coronavirus since the pandemic began.

North Dakota has 62 new cases of coronavirus and 2,043 total active cases. The daily positivity rate in the state is 6.15%.

There have been 1,560 deaths related to coronavirus in North Dakota since the pandemic began.

Iszler said she is hearing about people being hospitalized because of pneumonia, which is a secondary effect of COVID.

“People end up being hospitalized for pneumonia symptoms, which is basically your lungs filling up with fluids,” she said. “These COVID effects cause damage to our tiny air sacs in our lungs and results in scarring tissue so you can end up with long-term breathing problems.”

The vaccination rate of Stutsman County residents who have received one dose of a COVID vaccine is 55.6%, Iszler said. She said health care providers in the community are reporting up to 20 people per day who are interested in vaccinations.

Central Valley Health will continue to partner with the North Dakota Department of Health to provide COVID vaccines from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays and Mondays until Sept. 20 in the Buffalo mall parking lot. Vaccines will also be provided from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays until Sept. 22 at the S&R Truck Plaza

Iszler said Central Valley Health will also offer a third dose of the COVID vaccine to people who are immunocompromised.