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North Dakota cuts back reporting of COVID-19 data, including deaths

The North Dakota Department of Health significantly diminished the amount of available information on its public COVID-19 dashboard. The website that has kept North Dakotans up to date on the virus no longer includes any information about COVID-19 deaths, active cases or infections within nursing homes.

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BISMARCK — With COVID-19 cases continuing to fall, the North Dakota Department of Health transitioned on Friday, March 18, to reporting infection and vaccination data weekly instead of daily.

The agency also significantly diminished the amount of available information on its public COVID-19 dashboard . The website that has kept North Dakotans up to date on the virus no longer includes any information about COVID-19 deaths, active cases or infections within nursing homes.

The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the state Department of Health as of Friday, March 18.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED SINCE MARCH 11: 336
  • ACTIVE CASES: No longer reported by Department of Health
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: No longer reported
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: No longer reported

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported this week is the least amount in any week since July 2021. Due to a lack of information provided by the Department of Health, it's unclear how many active infections exist within the state.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 83
  • DEATHS REPORTED THIS WEEK: No longer reported
  • TOTAL DEATHS: No longer reported

The Department of Health no longer reports any data on its COVID-19 dashboard about virus-related deaths. Instead, it directs users to the website for the Division of Vital Records, which does not report weekly COVID-19 deaths.
According to the division's provisional records, 156 residents have died of COVID-19 this year, and 589 residents died of the disease last year.

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The state reports that the fewest number of residents are hospitalized with COVID-19 since last summer.

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Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 492,043 (62.6% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 415,798 (54.6% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 197,975 (25.4% of population)

The top two figures come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , which includes vaccinations performed at federal sites, while the bottom figure comes from the state's vaccine dashboard , which gives a fuller picture of booster and third doses.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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