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Increased coronavirus doses on the way to North Dakota



BISMARCK, N.D.  — The number of coronavirus vaccine doses being delivered to North Dakota is increasing.

The state will receive a 5% increase in the number of vaccine doses it’s being allocated, according to Gov. Doug Burgum. North Dakota will receive 7,500 doses next week, up from 6,900 doses this week.

Also, Thrifty White pharmacies in North Dakota will be getting the vaccine starting this week as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The state’s immunization program manager, Molly Howell, said 16 of the 30 Thrifty White locations in North Dakota have registered to receive the vaccine. According to the company’s vaccination registration website, its pharmacies are inoculating people 65 and older.

North Dakotans who want to be vaccinated may need to go somewhere besides their traditional health care provider, Howell said. Pharmacies, local public health departments or private health care providers all are offering vaccines.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, North Dakota’s rate of coronavirus vaccine doses administered remains among the highest in the country, at 17,030 people per 100,000 population. Only Alaska and West Virginia have higher rates.

Active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota rose slightly on Wednesday, but coronavirus-related hospitalizations fell below three dozen, according to the state health officials.

There were 145 new COVID-19 cases, 112 new recoveries and two more deaths, including a Morton County woman in her 60s.