North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said in a press conference, “Today is statistically the worst day ever for North Dakota during the pandemic.”
“We have a record number of cases measured by the record number of daily cases, the record number of total active cases and the record number of daily hospitalizations, and a record number of deaths and our second highest positivity rate.” he added.
Thursday’s record of 9,224 active cases marks the first time the state has exceeded 9,000 daily, he said. The 16.4 positivity in the past seven days and hospitalization of 231 people are also record highs, he added.
The risk of Covid-19 has increased in a number of North Dakota counties, according to Burgum.
“At this point in time,” he said, “no county in the state will have a designation lower than yellow,” approaching the lower end of the Covid-19 risk level.
At the same press conference, Chris Jones, executive director of the Department of Human Services, said that due to the increasing number of hospitalizations across the country, there is no need to recruit additional staff.
“The extent of the increase is limited by the number of available health care workers,” said Jones.
Some capacity bottlenecks in the state hospital are due to transfers from Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana, according to Jones.
Visibly emotionally, Jones also discussed the burden on healthcare systems, doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff.
“For those of you who don’t believe, go and talk to them. Ask them what it is like. Ask them about the impact it has on their families. Ask them about the impact it has on she has when she has patients with Covid and treating other citizens who are seeking care, “Jones said.
The North Dakota Department of Health reported 1,540 new COVID-19 cases and 29 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 596 in the state.
These figures were released by the North Dakota Department of Health and may not exactly match in real time with the CNN database created by Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project