North Dakota has seen hospitalizations spike in recent days, Dr. Doug Griffin, chief medical officer at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D., told NPR’s Morning Edition
“We had fully expected it would get worse,” Griffin said. “I think what has surprised me is that really just in a matter of days, it’s like we opened up a spigot and a huge number of patients influx to us.”
The largely rural state had seen only mild outbreaks in the spring and summer when other parts of the country were hard hit. As of Thursday the state was seeing an average of 1,334 new cases per day, after seeing no more than 400 a day in the summer.