BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 12, reported three COVID-19 deaths and a drop in active cases.

The three deaths came from Burleigh, Grand Forks and Williams counties, and the victims ranged in age from their 70s to their 90s.

The department says 1,355 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 57 infected nursing home residents in the state.

The state has averaged just 1.6 COVID-19 deaths a day in January, way down from December.

The state health department reported a decrease of 118 active cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,763. COVID-19 hospitalizations sit at 70, a decrease of four over the previous day.

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The department reported 248 new cases on Tuesday, including:

  • 44 from Cass County, which includes Fargo.
  • 35 from Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck.
  • 23 from Grand Forks County.

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. Ninety-two of Tuesday's positives came off rapid tests, while the rest came off traditional tests.

As of Monday, nearly 43,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in North Dakota, and some health care workers have started receiving their second doses.

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