BISMARCK — North Dakota reported 10 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, Oct. 12, as the state's outbreak worsens.
Most of the rest of the United States has seen cases decline in recent weeks, but North Dakota's surge continues. The state ranks third nationally in cases per capita over the last week behind only Alaska and Montana.
The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.
Statewide case rates
NEW CASES REPORTED TUESDAY, OCT. 12: 725
ACTIVE CASES: 3,864
DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 9%
TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 138,902
TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 133,386
North Dakota's active cases increased by 93 over the previous day as the state resumed testing at normal levels.
Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 736. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 640 active cases, and Ward County, which encompasses Minot, has 370. Rural Mercer County led a pack of western counties at the top of the list in cases per capita.
The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.9%, among the highest rates since mid December.
ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 181
TOTAL DEATHS: 1,652
North Dakota reported 10 deaths Tuesday, marking a second day with double-digit fatalities in as many weeks. The deaths included three from McKenzie County, two from Ward County and one each from Cass, Burleigh, Williams, Stark and Traill counties.
COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased slightly over the previous day, though the department amended Monday's total of 211 down to 185. Understaffed hospitals, both rural and urban, are straining under the pressure of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and unusually high non-coronavirus admissions.
The state reported 13 available intensive care beds and 200 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Monday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined eight ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported zero open ICU or inpatient beds for the second day in a row.
During the week of Oct. 10, the state reported that 76% of the 184 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.
FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 371,616 (55.9% of population ages 12 and up)
FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 345,884 (52% 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 ranks in the bottom 10 in vaccination rate nationally, according to the CDC. The state has seen a slight uptick in immunizations during the delta variant surge.
More information about vaccines can be found at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.
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