North Dakota’s coronavirus mortality rate is the highest of any
U.S. state or country, according to an analysis of data from
last week conducted by the Federation of American Scientists.
The analysis, first reported by HuffPost, shows that North
Dakota has a rate of 18.2 deaths per 1 million people. South
Dakota, meanwhile, has 17.4 deaths per million, the third-worst
rate in the world. The states have a total population of under 2
The two states have taken disparate approaches to the rising
number of cases. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) imposed a new
series of restrictions on businesses last week and imposed a new
mandate in certain settings. “Our situation has changed, and we
must change with it,” he said.
“We believe in North Dakotans. We believe in the power of
individual responsibility. And we need individual responsibility
now more than ever to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Burgum added.
However, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), a close ally of
President Trump’s, has vocally opposed mask mandates and
questioned the efficacy of masks as a safeguard against the
spread of the virus.
Modeling by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health
Metrics and Evaluation projected that continuing under current
conditions would lead to deaths in both states more than
doubling by March 1. This would mean topping more than 3,000
On Monday, North Dakota’s Department of Health reported 1,089
new positive cases of the virus and a rolling 14-day positivity
rate of 15.9 percent. South Dakota reported 821 new confirmed
cases and 18,139 active cases overall.
ND Department of Health
COVID-19 Daily Report, Nov. 16:
• 15.9% rolling 14-day positivity
• 1,089 new positives
• 7,678 susceptible test encounters
• 332 currently hospitalized (?? 10)
• 10,900 active cases (?? 224)
• 743 total deaths (?? 7)
More detailed information: http://health.nd.gov/covid19dashboard