BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 17 COVID-19 deaths as fatalities climbed above 100 for October. The state also reported an increase in active COVID-19 cases.

The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the state Health Department as of Tuesday, Oct. 26. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED TUESDAY, OCT. 26: 747

  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,279

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 9.7%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 145,744

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 140,730

North Dakota's active cases increased by more than 200 over the previous day as testing levels got back on track.

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Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 792. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 401 active cases. Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson, has 297 active cases. Rural Sheridan County leads the state in cases per capita.

The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7%.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 169

  • DEATHS: 17

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,735

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by one over the previous day as the state's medical centers continue to deal with a crunch on capacity.

The state reported 14 available intensive care beds and 182 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 seven ICU beds and eleven inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported just one open ICU beds and no inpatient beds.

During the week of Oct. 24, the state reported that 82% of the 169 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 402,569 (63.2% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 349,080 (54.8% of population ages 12 and up)

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED*: 33,778 (10.2% of population ages 18 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.

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