GF Co. COVID dashboard at red / severe risk level

GF Co. COVID dashboard at red / severe risk level Click to Enlarge

For the first time this year, the Grand Forks County Health Officer’s Dashboard is showing a “red” or “severe” risk level for COVID-19.

That differs from the North Dakota Smart Restart reading, which has the county at a “yellow” or “moderate” risk level.

“We have a sustained increase in the number of cases in the community as well as a high percent positivity, and pressure on the hospital system or testing system, as well,” said Michael Dulitz of the Grand Forks Health Department.

Grand Forks County has had daily cases in triple digits in three of the last five days, including today’s (Tue’s) total of 192, which ranks second in the state. That’s a jump of 153 from Monday.

Dulitz said the seven-day positivity rate of 11.1 percent is a cause for concern.

“We’ve been fortunate in Grand Forks, compared with peer communities in North Dakota, that we’ve had a really robust testing strategy,” Dulitz said.

He added: “The fact that we got up over 10 percent means there’s a significant amount of COVID in the community right now.”

Altru Hospital says it currently has 17 COVID patients -- six of them in ICU or critical care.

UND has 133 self-reported cases among students, faculty and staff.

There are 632 active cases in Grand Forks County.

Dulitz says the best thing people can do is observe safety recommendations to limit the spread.

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