I decided to look at positive cases by county over time but with some sense of the amount of testing. This is the result.
With ND daily COVID-19 positivity rates fluctuating so much I created a 14-day centered moving average and overlaid it on the daily values to look at trends and smooth out the volatility.
We need to start thinking about the path forward based on economic sector rather than the state as a whole. I start this discussion with the Accommodation & Food Service sector.
With policy discussions breaking down I thought it made sense to look at the benefits payouts in North Dakota as part of an ongoing look at labor markets here.
How has employment changed over the last 18 months in North Dakota and certain counties? The answer shows the possibility of nascent recovery, but it is fragile.