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North Dakota reports spike in active COVID-19 cases, 5 additional deaths

North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 13.05% as of Monday, Jan. 10 — the highest since late November 2020.

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A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 11, reported nearly 700 additional active COVID-19 cases and five deaths.

Last week, the number of active cases in the state nearly tripled as the highly contagious omicron variant continued to spread nationwide.

Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8, the omicron variant accounted for more than 98% of new coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Monday, North Dakota announced it will no longer contact all residents who test positive for the virus because of limited resources. The state will instead prioritize case investigations for K-12 and higher education students, people over 55 years of age and those in health care, long-term care facilities and congregate living settings.

The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations from the North Dakota Department of Health as of Monday, Jan. 10.

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Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED: 1,610
  • ACTIVE CASES: 4,546
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 14.92%
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: 13.05%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 184,613
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 178,033

North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 13.05% as of Monday — the highest since late November 2020.
Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state with 1,575. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 637 active cases, and Grand Forks County has 490 active cases.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 115
  • DEATHS REPORTED TUESDAY: 5
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,034

The five additional COVID-19 deaths reported on Tuesday included one resident each from the following counties: Williams, Morton, Ramsey, Cass and Barnes.
Over 80% of residents who were hospitalized in the state last week were not fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 478,324 (62.8% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 403,991 (53% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 163,959 (21% of population)

The top two figures are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , while the bottom figure is from the state's vaccine dashboard .

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

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