BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, Jan. 11, reported zero COVID-19 deaths for a third straight day even as much of the rest of the country sees record infection rates.

North Dakota has seen significant drops in active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths since a November peak that marked the worst flare-up in the country. Now, the brunt of the nation's outbreak has fallen on warmer states, like California and Arizona, and the Upper Midwest appears to be in better shape.

The state health department reported a decrease of 18 active cases on Monday, bringing the total to 1,881. COVID-19 hospitalizations sit at 74, an increase of two over the previous day.

The department says 1,352 North Dakotans have died from the illness since March. At least 807 of the state's deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. There are 59 infected nursing home residents in the state.

The state has averaged just 1.5 deaths a day in January, way down from December.

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The department reported 121 new cases on Monday, including:

  • 54 from Cass County, which includes Fargo.
  • 15 each from Burleigh and Grand Forks counties.

About 4.6% of the residents tested as part of the latest batch received a positive result, and an average of 4.6% of those tested in the last two weeks got a positive result. Nine of Monday's positives came off rapid tests, while the rest came off traditional tests.

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