North Dakota entering 2nd phase of vaccine priority groups
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health has entered its next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, Phase 1B, which includes the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, child care workers, and employees of preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade.
Sanford Health in Bismarck began vaccinating some of its first patients eligible for the next phase on Thursday, while Sanford Health Fargo is set to begin Friday. Fargo Cass Public Health officials say they’re expecting to begin distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
North Dakota added 248 positive tests on Thursday out of 9,471 total tests, for a positivity rate of 3%. Active cases rose by 15 to 1,764, along with hospitalizations, which rose six to 78.
The following counties have reported new COVID-19 cases:
- Cass County (Fargo) – 54
- Burleigh County (Bismarck) – 35
- Stark County (Dickinson)– 20
- Ward County (Minot) – 19
- Grand Forks County (Grand Forks) – 19
- Williams County (Williston) – 12
Eight additional people have died. The states death toll now stands at 1,365 since the pandemic began.