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North Dakota's active COVID-19 infections nearly double in 2 days

North Dakota's active cases shot up Wednesday by nearly 900. The highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 represented about 42% of the cases in the state, according to recent analysis, but officials say it will become the dominant strain due to its contagiousness.

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A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Wednesday, Jan. 5. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED: 1,489
  • ACTIVE CASES: 2,942
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 13.5%
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: 9.5%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 177,812
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 172,847

North Dakota's active cases shot up by nearly 900 over the previous day. Infections in the state have nearly doubled in just two days.
The highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19 represented about 42% of the cases in the state according to recent analysis, but officials say it will become the dominant strain due to its contagiousness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 95% of the cases across the country are the omicron strain, but the variant seemingly had not hit North Dakota in full force until this week.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 960. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 424 active cases. Rolette County leads the state in cases per capita.

The 9.5% rolling positivity rate is the highest since December 2020.

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Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 130
  • DEATHS REPORTED WEDNESDAY: 8
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,023

The Department of Health reported eight COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, including three from Cass County, two from Ramsey County and one each from Williams, Grand Forks and Adams counties.
The state reported 15 available intensive care beds and 173 regular inpatient beds across the state on Tuesday.

More than 80.9% of residents who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 476,119 (61.1% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 402,053 (51.6% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 158,974 (20.4% of population)

The top two figures come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , which includes vaccinations performed at federal sites, while the bottom figure comes from the state's vaccine dashboard , which gives a fuller picture of booster and third doses.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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