ND COVID-19 cases down, Gov. Burgum urges vigilance
BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum implored the state to remain vigilant in preventing infections over the Thanksgiving holiday as the state reported a downward tick in coronavirus cases.
In the past two weeks, North Dakota has seen some improvement in key areas that provide encouragement in the fight against COVID-19. The states active cases have dropped by nearly 1,800 since their peak on Nov. 13. In addition, the seven day test positivity rate dropped four percent from the previous week in the latest White House report, and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have dipped slightly.
Burgum acknowledged in a statement Thanksgiving day that the state still has a long way to go in containing the spread of COVID-19.
“A week of improved results does not make a trend,” he said.
Health experts across the nation have warned that holiday gatherings could lead to a surge of new coronavirus infections.
The Department of Health reported 952 cases, along with 10 deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday.
Cass County, where the city of Fargo is located, currently leads the state in active positives (1,596). Burleigh County, which holds the state capital of Bismarck, is second with 1,318 cases.
“We are thankful for all of the efforts and sacrifices made by North Dakotans to slow the spread of COVID-19, take pressure off our hardworking health care workers, protect the most vulnerable among us, keep students in school full-time, and keep businesses open,” Burgum said in a video message.