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North Dakota's COVID-19 average positivity rate nears 20%

More than 13,100 new positive cases were reported in the last week, and as of Thursday, Jan. 27, North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 19.61%.

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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday, Jan. 28, reported 8,736 active COVID-19 cases, about 3,300 fewer active infections than the state had exactly one week ago when it broke its pandemic record.

More than 13,100 new positive cases were reported in the last week, and as of Thursday, Jan. 27, North Dakota's 14-day rolling positivity rate was 19.61%.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED: 2,124
  • ACTIVE CASES: 8,736
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 15.63%
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: 19.61%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 221,025
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 210,198

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, reported the most known active cases in the state Friday with 2,274. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, had 1,280 active cases, and Grand Forks County had 879 active cases.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 168
  • DEATHS REPORTED FRIDAY: 3
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,093

The majority of residents hospitalized within the last week were not fully vaccinated.
Hospital capacity was scarce as of Thursday, according to a statewide database. Bismarck's two hospitals collectively reported zero staffed ICU beds and five staffed in-patient beds. Fargo's three hospitals collectively had two staffed ICU beds and four staffed in-patient beds available.

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Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 486,831 (63.9% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 410,645 (53.9% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 175,127 (22.4% 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 . The Department of Health encourages people to find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine at www.health.nd.gov/protect.

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

Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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