New COVID-19 unit opening in Bismarck amid virus surge

Cass, Burleigh, Ward, and Grand Forks Counties lead the state in number of confirmed cases

BISMARCK, N.D. — Sanford Health is opening a new COVID-19 unit in Bismarck, a move the hospital’s president called a “wake-up call” as beds become increasingly scarce because of the explosion of coronavirus cases in the state.

The 20-bed unit at the former Bismarck Surgical Associates building is expected to open next week, according to the health care system. President Michael LeBeau said the $1 million facility is part of Sanford’s ‘surge’ plan.

State health officials reported Wednesday that there were 297 people in North Dakota hospitalized with COVID-19, which is seven fewer than on Tuesday. The state reported 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, increasing its death toll since the pandemic started to 785.

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