Report: North Dakota Has Only 17 ICU Beds Available Out Of Combined 46 Hospitals

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R).Screengrab / MSNBC / YouTube


North Dakota reportedly would have the highest case count per capita in the world if it were its own country.

As coronavirus cases soar in North Dakota, there were just 17 ICU beds available across the state out of a combined 46 hospitals as of Wednesday, and available in-patient beds were down to 224.

  • The Grand Forks Herald reported that North Dakota’s per capita COVID-19 case count would be the highest in the world if it were its own nation, behind the Czech Republic, which currently has the most confirmed cases per million people worldwide, according to a Financial Times database.
  • Mike Nowatzki, spokesperson for Gov. Doug Burgum (R), “said it was important to note that North Dakota is conducting COVID-19 testing at nearly four times the rate of testing that is being done in the Czech Republic, citing information from the publication Our World in Data.
  • The Herald reported that North Dakota logged the most COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita in the U.S. in the last week, and the state “is now asking residents to conduct their own contact tracing as the state's operation is overwhelmed by the number of cases.”

With the prevalence of COVID-19 increasing, North Dakotans should do what they can to help curb the spread of COVID-19 like wear face masks, wash hands, physically distance from one another and avoid large gatherings, said North Dakota Department of Health spokesperson Nicole Peske.

"The numbers are certainly not going in the direction we would like them to, but the increased mitigation efforts taking place in communities and by individuals across the state is promising," Peske said in a statement. "Now is the time for all North Dakotans to really be aware of the efforts they are personally taking to slow the spread."

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