BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Wednesday, Nov. 17. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17: 630
  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,424
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 6.9%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 156,740
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 151,485

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, had the most known active cases on Wednesday with 854 cases. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, had 426 active cases, and Ward County, which includes Minot, had 299.

The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate was 7.4% as of Wednesday, up by nearly half a percentage point from last week.

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Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 148

  • DEATHS: 8

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,831

North Dakota reported eight new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, pushing November's death toll to 41, with 29 of those deaths reported since the end of last week. October was by far the state's deadliest month of the pandemic so far this year, with 164 registered virus deaths.

Virus hospitalizations fell on Wednesday and are down from 168 on Sunday, but many health care centers remain crunched for capacity, mainly due to high noncoronavirus admissions.

The state reported 13 available intensive care beds and 164 regular inpatient beds across the state in the latest update to a health department database, though most of the open beds are in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined five ICU beds and six inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported two open ICU beds and two inpatient beds.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 426,965 (67% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 367,238 (57.6% of population ages 12 and up)

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 76,657 (22% of population ages 18 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.

The Department of Health encourages individuals to get information about vaccines at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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Readers can reach reporter Adam Willis, a Report for America corps member, at awillis@forumcomm.com.