North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said at a press conference, “Today, statistically, marks the worst day yet for North Dakota during the pandemic.”
“We have a record number of cases, in terms of record number of daily cases, record number of total active cases and record number of reported daily hospitalizations, and record number of deaths, and our second highest positivity rate. high, ”he added.
Thursday’s record of 9,224 active cases is the first time the U.S. state has exceeded the daily count of 9,000, he said. The positivity of 16.4 in the past seven days and the hospitalization of 231 people are also records, he added.
The Covid-19 risk level has been increased in a number of counties in North Dakota, according to Burgum.
“At the point where we are now,” he said, “no county in the state will have a designation lower than yellow,” which is approaching the lower limit of the Covid-19 risk level.
At the same press conference, the executive director of the Department of Human Services, Chris Jones, said that due to an increase in hospitalizations across the country, there are no additional staff to be recruited. .
“The level of surge is limited by the number of healthcare workers available,” Jones said.
Some hospital capacity constraints in the state are due to transfers from Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana, according to Jones.
Visibly moved, Jones also spoke of the pressure on health systems, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.
“For those of you who don’t believe, go talk to them. Ask them what it is. Ask them what impact this has on their families. Ask them what impact it has on them when they treat patients with Covid and other citizens seeking care, ”Jones said.
The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,540 new COVID-19 cases and 29 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 596 in the state.
These numbers were released by the North Dakota Department of Health and may not match exactly in real time with CNN’s database pulled from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.