New COVID-19 cases plummet in North Dakota

Mike Stucka

North Dakota reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 135 new cases. That's down 42.1% from the previous week's tally of 233 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

North Dakota ranked 29th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 19.6% from the week before, with 79,884 cases reported. With 0.23% of the country's population, North Dakota had 0.17% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, eight states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Across North Dakota, cases fell in 17 counties, with the best declines in Ward, Williams and Burleigh counties.

Ramsey County reported one case and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported three cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 1,729 cases and 30 deaths.

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North Dakota ranked 40th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 43.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 53.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, North Dakota reported administering another 7,768 vaccine doses, including 3,315 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 7,818 vaccine doses, including 3,215 first doses. In all, North Dakota reported it has administered 634,945 total doses.

Within North Dakota, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Nelson, Mountrail and Kidder counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Cass County, with 26 cases; Burleigh County, with 21 cases; and Stark County, with 11. Weekly case counts rose in 14 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Mountrail, Stark and Nelson counties.

In North Dakota, three people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, four people were were reported dead.

A total of 110,567 people in North Dakota have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 1,554 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,541,887 people have tested positive and 601,824 people have died.

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Amaya Waymon, 16, gets her second COVID-19 vaccination at Neighborhood Medical Center in Tallahassee, Fla., on June 10. She chatted with Second Gentleman of the United States Doug Emhoff.