North Dakota’s health system is not only facing a surge in coronavirus cases but also dwindling resources to care for those infected patients.
On Monday, North Dakota’s department of health reported 475 new COVID-19 cases—a figure double the number of non-ICU hospital beds available in the state.
The state agency confirmed to Newsweek that there are currently 240 non-ICU staffed inpatient beds available across the state’s 45 health facilities. As of Monday, October 12, there are 158 hospitalizations in North Dakota.
Only 20 ICU beds are available at this time and more than half of those beds are located in the city of Fargo, with six beds at Essentia Health, four at Sanford Health and one at VA Hospital. Fargo is part of Cass County, the county with the largest number of positive COVID-19 cases—902 active cases as of Monday.
Renae Moch, the director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, told Newsweek