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October 12, 2020 at 3:49 PM EDTLink copiedNorth Dakota is running low on ICU beds as cases in the state continue to riseBy Marisa Iati and Jacqueline DupreeSome North Dakota hospitals are struggling to handle a rise in coronavirus cases that began there in July and shows no signs of abating, a public-health official told CNN on Monday.Renae Moch, director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, told the TV network that roughly 20 intensive-care unit beds are available across North Dakota and that some hospitals in rural areas have had to send patients to other facilities, including in South Dakota and Montana.State data shows that 240 non-ICU beds were available in North Dakota as of Monday. The state’s current hospitalizations stand at 158, a record and a sharp increase from 112 on this day last week, according to The Washington Post’s tracking.A lack of strict state-level guidelines has made it hard to slow the virus’s spread, Moch told CNN. North Dakota has not mandated mask-wearing in public.“We have been given the message from the state level that personal responsibility is the way to go when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing,” Moch said. “People are continuing to operate kind of …

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