BISMARCK, ND, (AP) – North Dakota health officials continue to document few new cases of COVID-19, but the state’s vaccination rate remains low as a new variant of coronavirus emerges in the state and takes hold across the country.
Only 14 new virus cases were confirmed on Saturday and just over 100 were confirmed throughout the week. For comparison, the North Dakota Department of Health reported 2,278 newly confirmed cases on November 14 alone – the high point for the state.
At that time, more than 10,000 daily tests were routinely performed. Weekday tests have rarely crossed the 3,000 mark in the past few weeks. the Bismarck grandstand reported.
North Dakota has a daily test positive rate of 1.89% and a 14-day moving average of 1.57%.
Since the North Dakota pandemic began in March 2020, there have been 110,657 confirmed virus cases, with 108,962 recoveries and 1,528 deaths. A new death was confirmed on Saturday.
The North Dakota health authorities reported Thursday that the new delta coronavirus variant was first documented in the state Time. They said the variant is more easily transmitted from person to person and that previous infection with COVID-19 may not provide adequate protection.
The state’s vaccine dashboard shows that 47.8% of eligible adults in North Dakota are considered fully vaccinated.