BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Monday, Nov. 22. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.
Statewide case rates
NEW CASES REPORTED MONDAY, NOV. 22: 165
ACTIVE CASES: 2,841
DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 13.2%
TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 158,707
TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 154,014
North Dakota's active cases decreased by 149 over the previous day, but the low number of test processed over the weekend likely contributed to the drop in active infections.
Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 688. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 368 active cases. Ward County, which encompasses Minot, has 274 active cases. Traill County leads the state in cases per capita.
The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.5%.
ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 163
DEATHS REPORTED MONDAY: 2
TOTAL DEATHS: 1,852
North Dakota reported two COVID-19 deaths Monday as fatalities reported in November rose to 60.
One of the deaths reported last week came in a teenager between 15-19, according to the department's COVID-19 dashboard. It was North Dakota's second COVID-19 death in a teenager — the first came last year in a 17-year-old girl from Parshall.
Even though deaths and serious illnesses are rare in children, state health officials urge parents to get their children ages 5 and up vaccinated against the virus. Close to 35% of residents 12-18 are fully vaccinated, according to the department.
COVID-19 hospitalizations slightly increased over the previous day as the state's medical centers continue to deal with a crunch on capacity, mostly due to high noncoronavirus admissions and low staffing levels.
The state reported 19 available intensive care beds and 180 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Sunday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined six ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported three open ICU beds and 12 inpatient beds.
During the week of Nov. 21, the state reported that 79% of the 165 residents hospitalized with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.
FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 434,968 (55.8% of population)
FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 368,990 (47.4% of population)
BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 103,611 (13.3% 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.
While North Dakota remains among the bottom states in overall vaccination rate, more than 100,000 residents have taken booster shots after completing their first series of the vaccine. Adults who are six months out from their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months out from their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can seek the booster dose at one of North Dakota's 418 vaccine providers.
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