BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has surpassed 1,000 deaths due to complications from COVID-19, with about half of the fatalities coming in just over a month, according to figures released Saturday by the state Department of Health.

Officials confirmed 18 new deaths in the last day, bringing the statewide death toll from the virus to 1,007. There were 411 fatalities in November, the deadliest month since the pandemic began, and 30 so far in December.

The state’s death count is the 41st highest in the country and the eighth highest per capita at 131 deaths per 100,000 people, according to figures compiled by The COVID Tracking Project.

The state said there were 298 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday, a decrease of 26. The most recent data shows only 18 staffed Intensive Care Unit beds and 258 staffed inpatient beds available statewide.

There have been 82,504 positive tests since the start of the pandemic, including 558 reported on Saturday.

There were 1,570 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 161 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.

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