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New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop in North Dakota

The pace of COVID-19 transmission continued to decline in North Dakota over the last week, though specifics on the virus' prevalence in the state are thinner since the Department of Health scaled back its updates.

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BISMARCK — The pace of COVID-19 transmission continued to fall in North Dakota over the last week, though specifics on the virus' prevalence in the state are thin since the Department of Health scaled back its updates.

In March the state health department transitioned to updating its public COVID-19 dashboard once per week , instead of daily, and no longer publishes information about active cases, cases within nursing homes or new virus deaths. Some relevant data is available through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control .

Health department officials earlier this week reported that the more transmissible subvariant of the omicron strain, known as BA.2, was discovered in North Dakota . BA.2 is believed to be the dominant strain of the virus nationally, but public health specialists in North Dakota are hopeful that substantial immunity in the state will prevent another significant virus surge.

The following are the latest COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations from the North Dakota Department of Health and the CDC as of Friday, April 1.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED SINCE MARCH 25: 193
  • ACTIVE CASES: No longer reported
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: No longer reported
  • SEVEN-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: less than 3%, according CDC reporting through March 28
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported

It is unclear how many active COVID-19 cases are in North Dakota because of the lack of data now reported by the health department each week. The CDC classifies the entire state as having "low" community levels of COVID-19 , with the exception of Eddy County, which is classified as "medium."

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The number of new cases reported over the last seven days is the lowest of any week since late July.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 54
  • RECENT DEATHS: 6 over a seven-day period ending Wednesday, March 30, according to CDC reporting
  • TOTAL DEATHS: No longer reported

The Department of Health no longer reports information about COVID-19 deaths on its dashboard. Instead, it directs users to the website for the Division of Vital Records, which does not report weekly COVID-19 deaths.
According to the state's provisional data, North Dakota reported 156 COVID-19 deaths collectively throughout January and February of this year. The state had reported a total of more than 2,200 virus-related deaths as of March 11 .

Friday's 54 virus hospitalizations is the lowest total since early August.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 492,715 (64.7% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 416,375 (54.6% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 203,970 (26.2% of population)

The top two figures are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , while the bottom figure is from the state's vaccine dashboard . The state Department of Health encourages people to find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine at www.health.nd.gov/protect.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Adam Willis, a Report for America corps member, at awillis@forumcomm.com.

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