North Dakota ends mask mandate as COVID positive tests, hospitalizations continue to drop
BISMARCK, N.D. — One day before the statewide mask mandate is set to expire, North Dakota’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests and related hospitalizations continues to decline.
The North Dakota Department of Health recorded 152 positive tests on Sunday out of 4,781 total tests, for a positivity rate of 3.61%. Hospitalizations dropped by 10 to 85. Out of those total hospitalizations, nine are in intensive care. The hospital tracker, available online here, shows that 13.81% of staffed hospital beds are currently available statewide, roughly 2,121 beds.
Cass County continues to lead the state in positive cases, followed by Burleigh County, Ward County, and Grand Forks County, respectively.
187 new recoveries were reported on Sunday; 93,020 total recoveries have been reported.
Three additional people have died. The states death toll now stands at 1,384 since the pandemic began.
Governor Doug Burgum made the announcement on Friday, however, Grand Forks County residents, at the request of their Health Officer, Dr. Joel Walz, will still be required to wear masks in public settings. Grand Forks County’s order will be effective beginning Monday, January 18 – the same day that the statewide order expires.