Grand Forks County's COVID-19 risk level changes to green for first time in a month

The change is attributed to low active case numbers and hospitalizations, according to Dr. Joel Walz, the county's health officer.

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GRAND FORKS — For the first time in four weeks, Grand Forks County is back at the green risk level.

According to Dr. Joel Walz, the county's health officer, he moved back the risk level dial after seeing lower numbers of active cases and hospitalizations, plus a high vaccination rate and availability of doses.

About 49% of the county has at least one dose of the vaccine, according to North Dakota's vaccine dashboard.

Walz said only about 10 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 at Altru, but he's keeping an eye on any flare-ups.

"Most of the people that do get hospitalized are people that haven't been vaccinated, so it continues to really support this need to get more people vaccinated, of course," he said.


Since Walz put no public health order in place, the county's current guidelines will stay the same after the change.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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