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North Dakota reports lowest number of active COVID-19 cases in months

Although the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline nationwide, health experts warn the spread of COVID-19 variants could cause surges in new cases.

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3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. (Submitted / National Institutes of Health)

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, Jan. 25, reported 1,082 active cases and no new COVID-19 deaths.

This is the lowest number of active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota since August, according to the Department of health.

At least 1,411 North Dakotans have died either with or due to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, and the rate of deaths reported each day has largely decreased since its peak in November. Almost 64% of the state's COVID-19 victims were in their 80s and older.

The majority of the state's deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities with 839 deaths reported as of Monday.

Although the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline nationwide, health experts warn the spread of COVID-19 variants could cause surges in new cases, as some of the variants have shown to be more contagious than the ones commonly found in the United States. Officials urge people to continue mask-wearing and social distancing and to remain vigilant in reducing COVID-19 spread.

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North Dakota continues to administer COVID-19 vaccinations statewide, with almost 75,000 doses administered as of Thursday, Jan. 21, according to the state's Department of Health.

The department reported 58 new cases on Monday, including:

  • 14 from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo.
  • Nine from Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck.

  • Nine from Grand Forks County.

About 3% of the 1,847 residents tested as part of the latest batch received a positive result, and the average positivity rate of those tested in the last two weeks is about 3.3%.
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Readers can reach Forum News Service reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at mgriffith@forumcomm.com.

Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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