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One in every 800 North Dakota residents is now dead from COVID

North Dakota has become the eighth deadliest state in the coronavirus pandemic per capita, though it still trails behind several states that pursued more restrictive lockdown policies.

On Tuesday, cumulative virus deaths since March in North Dakota hit 966, out of a population of 762,000, meaning that roughly one in 788 state residents has succumbed to the pandemic.

That still trails far behind the deadliest state, New Jersey, where roughly one in 580 residents has died because of the virus, according to state data.

In order, the seven deadliest states per capita are now New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Mississippi.

Cumulative deaths in the pandemic by day in North Dakota are seen in the chart above. The state is the eighth deadliest in the nation per capita

The number of deaths by age group due to COVID-19 in North Dakota is show above

The number of deaths by age group due to COVID-19 in North Dakota is show above

North Dakota's Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican, has come under criticism from some quarters for his 'light touch' stance toward the pandemic

North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican, has come under criticism from some quarters for his ‘light touch’ stance toward the pandemic

North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum, a Republican, has come under criticism from some quarters for his ‘light touch’ pandemic stance that emphasized personal responsibility, but tried to avoid strict government mandates. 

Burgum did not implement an order requiring face coverings in indoor businesses and indoor public settings until November, as cases and hospitalizations in the state rose sharply.

‘Our situation has changed, and we must change with it,’ Burgum said at the time.

Burgum also directed all bars and restaurants to limit capacity to 50 percent, and closed all in-person service between 10pm and 4am. 

Large-scale venues were also restricted to 25 percent capacity. The orders will remain in effect until at least December 13.

After setting records last week for hospitalizations and daily deaths, North Dakota has seen a decline this week in active cases, hospitalizations, and positive test rates. 

After peaking in mid-November, North Dakota has seen daily new cases taper off

After peaking in mid-November, North Dakota has seen daily new cases taper off

In the Paradise Garden State, 301 were hospitalized on Tuesday, down from 341 last month

In the Paradise Garden State, 301 were hospitalized on Tuesday, down from 341 last month

The age groups of those hospitalized due to COVID are broken down above

The age groups of those hospitalized due to COVID are broken down above

On Tuesday, North Dakota’s active positive cases stood at 5,236, down from a peak of 10,42 on November 13. 

The state’s test positivity rate was down to 11.92 percent, from a peak of 15.64 percent on November 18.

And 301 were hospitalized on Tuesday, down from 341 on November 11.

‘We are seeing encouraging downward trends in active cases and positivity rate,’ Burgum said in a statement on Monday. 

‘As the need to reduce pressure on our health care system continues, my gratitude goes to all North Dakotans for your participation in our ongoing efforts to slow the spread.’

Pedestrians pass in front of the Fargo Theatre temporary closed due to the Coronavirus in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in October

Pedestrians pass in front of the Fargo Theatre temporary closed due to the Coronavirus in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in October

A medical staff member performs a Covid-19 test outside the Family Healthcare building in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in October

A medical staff member performs a Covid-19 test outside the Family Healthcare building in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in October

Meanwhile, nationwide the U.S. reported its highest ever daily COVID-19 death toll on Wednesday and eclipsed the previous record by 20 percent.

There were 3,157 deaths recorded nationwide yesterday, which is up considerably from the previous record of 2,603 reported back on April 15 during the initial peak of the pandemic.

Hospitalizations and cases across the country continue to surge in the wake of Thanksgiving with just over 100,000 patients being treated yesterday and 200,000 confirmed infections. 

Of the people hospitalized, more than 19,000 are in ICUs and nearly 7,000 people are on a ventilator, according to the Covid Tracking Project.   


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