North Dakota has recorded nearly 700 deaths from the coronavirus, which is a red flag for the state’s population of 760,000.
As of Thursday, the state has reported 11 new deaths, for a total of 697 cases. It also reported a continuous rolling of 15.3% of positive for two weeks, 1801 new positive tests and 12,995 susceptibility tests. There are currently 294 North Dakotas hospitalized, an increase of 40.
COVID-19 daily report on November 12:
• 15.3% of positives at 14 days
• 1,801 new positive factors
• 12,995 susceptibility test encounters
•294 are currently hospitalized (⬆️40)
• 10,421valid cases (⬇️1,235)
• 697 total deaths (⬆️11)
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— ND Ministry of Health (@NDDOH) November 12, 2020
At the same time, according to data from the US Department of Health, the state has 10,421 active cases, a decrease of 1,235.
Earlier this week, Governor Doug Burgum (R) announced that due to staffing issues in hospitals in the state, medical staff who tested positive but asymptomatic would be allowed to continue working in the hospital’s coronavirus department.
“Our healthcare system is under tremendous pressure. Now, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 currently account for 14% of current hospitalizations in North Dakota, and hospitals are facing severe restrictions in the coming weeks,” Burgum said in a Twitter announcing the policy on Monday. “We need everyone to help slow the spread.”
Resolve staffing issues according to hospital requirements, and as long as CDC recommends preventive measures, state health officials order that asymptomatic, COVID-positive health care workers will be allowed to work in the COVID department of the licensed institution. https://t.co/NpObhvZZEh
-Governor Doug Burgum (@DougBurgum) November 10, 2020
Burgum said that medical staff who have undergone a positive test will only come into contact with patients who have been infected with the virus, but this statement has attracted the attention of the medical staff union.
“How about bathrooms, restrooms, elevators and all these spaces?” North Dakota Nurses Association President Tessa Johnson told NBC News. “How do we keep these things clean? This is unrealistic.”