BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, Sept. 27, reported 219 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 3,316 active positives.

Over the weekend, North Dakota topped 1,600 COVID-19 deaths. North Dakota hospitals are once again beginning to reach capacity as the delta variant is adding pressure to hospitals that are already experiencing staffing shortages. As of Sunday, Sept. 26, there were just 11 available staffed ICU beds statewide.

In an effort to preserve hospital capacity, North Dakota officials on Monday urged residents to get their flu shot. The state last year had an unusually low number of influenza cases, largely because of COVID-19 mitigation strategies such as social distancing and mask-wearing. North Dakota is again recommending these measures on top of vaccination to curb COVID-19 and influenza spread.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED MONDAY, SEPT. 27: 219
  • ACTIVE CASES*: 3,316
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 13.14%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 129,690
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 124,770
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*The Department of Health often amends the number of active cases after they are first reported.

Adolescents under 20 years of age encompass nearly one-third of North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, children under 12, an age group that is not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, accounted for 511 of the state's active cases.

Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, had the most known active cases on Monday with 769 cases. Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, had 619 active cases, and Stark County, which includes Dickinson, had 241.

The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate was 6.68% as of Sunday, Sept. 26.

Since June 27, there have been 500 cases of reinfection.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 133

  • DEATHS: 0

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,604

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 364,300 (54.9% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 337,528 (50.9% of population ages 12 and up)

*These figures come from the state's vaccine dashboard, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes vaccinations performed at federal sites, reports slightly higher vaccination rates.

North Dakota has the fifth-lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. for people who have received at least one dose, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Department of Health encourages individuals to get information about vaccines at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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Readers can reach reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at mgriffith@forumcomm.com.