BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Thursday, Oct. 14. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED THURSDAY, OCT. 14: 633

  • ACTIVE CASES: 4,001

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 6%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 140,186

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 134,523

North Dakota's active cases slightly decreased over the previous day, though the health department retroactively altered infection data that put Wednesday's total at a higher total of 4,017 active cases.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 778. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 608 active cases. Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson, has 377 active cases and leads a pack of western counties at the top of the list in cases per capita.

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The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.7%, among the highest rates since mid December.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 202

  • DEATHS: 4

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,662

North Dakota reported four deaths Thursday, including two each from Cass and Stutsman counties.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by six over the previous day. 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 just 14 available intensive care beds and 172 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Wednesday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined five ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported zero open ICU and three inpatient beds.

During the week of Oct. 10, the state reported that 77% of the 201 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 395,589 (62.1% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 343,198 (53.9% of population ages 12 and up)

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

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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