ND: no new COVID-19 deaths in last day, first time since Sept. 20
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health reported no new deaths due to the coronavirus in the last day, the first time that has happened in a 24-hour period since Sept. 20.
It comes after a somber Saturday when the state confirmed 22 deaths. The statewide death toll from the virus is now 1,152.
Statistics compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins University researchers listed the death count as the fourth highest per capita at more than 151 deaths per 100,000 people.
COVID-19 can spread anywhere, even in places you feel safe, like your home. Keep COVID-19 outside your home. If you have to go out, wear a mask, stay 6ft from others & avoid crowds.
Do your part to slow the spread both in & out of your home.
— ND Department of Health (@NDDOH) December 13, 2020
Health officials confirmed 287 positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday, for a total of 87,871 cases.
North Dakota ranks fifth in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks. One in every 149 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.
The nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, will begin arriving in US states Monday morning. North Dakota has prioritized health care workers and nursing home residents for vaccination once it becomes available.