BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Friday, Oct. 15. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED FRIDAY, OCT. 15: 566

  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,886

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 7%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 140,746

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 135,191

North Dakota's active cases decreased by more than 100 over the previous day.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 753. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 579 active cases. Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson, has 370 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: 193

  • DEATHS: 7

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,669

North Dakota reported seven deaths Friday, including two each from Morton and Mountrail counties and one each from Ransom, Logan and Kidder counties.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by seven 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 nine available intensive care beds and 160 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Thursday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined four ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported zero open beds of any kind.

During the week of Oct. 10, the state reported that 77% of the 197 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 396,292 (62.2% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 343,856 (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.

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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