BISMARCK — COVID-19 cases in North Dakota steadily declined during the week of June 19-25 even as the state confirmed its first case of the highly contagious Delta variant.

On Thursday, June 24, the North Dakota Department of Health announced the COVID-19 Delta variant, which was first identified in India, finally reached the state. Officials are encouraging North Dakotans to get vaccinated because of the variant's increased transmissibility, and because of early research showing that those who have been infected with COVID-19 will likely not have the proper protection against the variant.

The following are North Dakota's COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations during the week of Saturday, June 19 to Friday, June 25.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED AS OF JUNE 23: 301,184 (50.5% of population)

  • COMPLETED SERIES (TWO DOSES) AS OF JUNE 3: 284,682 (47.7% of population)

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A total of 3,082 shots were administered from June 19 to June 23, the latest data available.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED DURING WEEK OF JUNE 19: 109
  • ACTIVE CASES AS OF JUNE 25: 170
  • TOTAL CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 110,644
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 108,947

From June 19 to June 25, North Dakota reported 109 additional positive cases, and active cases declined by 82 during the week.

As of Friday, Burleigh County had at least 34 people known to be infected with the virus — the most of North Dakota's 53 counties. Following Burleigh County is Cass County with 28 cases and McKenzie County with 18 known cases.

The state's rolling 14-day average positivity rate for its COVID-19 cases sits at 1.66%.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS AS OF JUNE 25: 13

  • DEATHS, NEWLY REPORTED: 4

  • TOTAL DEATHS THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 1,527

Hospitalizations declined during the week of June 19, and the Department of Health reported four additional deaths in the last week.

The Department of Health urges residents to seek more information about vaccines at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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

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