FARGO — As cases continue to rise there's increasing concern over the lack of room in hospitals in North Dakota.

The ICU director at Essentia Health Dr. Karol Kremens said when people go to the ICU their mortality rate goes up by 50%.

He emphasized intensive care patients who recover typically spend between five and nine days in the ICU.

"The challenge doesn't end if they survive their ICU it's only the beginning because through the survival of the ICU they will then require either short-term or long-term rehab and physical therapy," says Kremmens.

And the extra medical care can become expensive. A study conducted by Fair Health, a non-profit health insurance research group, the typical cost for a hospital stay from COVID-19 is more than $38,000 dollars. For those who don't have insurance, the average cost is more than $73,000.

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