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North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases nearly triple in 1 week

Active infections shot up more than 750 on Friday as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to sweep through the state.

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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 Friday, Jan. 7. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED: 1,519
  • ACTIVE CASES: 4,487
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 14.8%
  • 14-DAY ROLLING POSITIVITY RATE: 11.8%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 180,646
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 174,131

North Dakota's active cases shot up more than 750 over the previous day. Active cases have nearly tripled since Monday, by far the steepest increase in cases of the pandemic.
Officials say the surging omicron variant represents the most infectious strain of COVID-19 observed during the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated this week 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 1,569. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 598 active cases, while Grand Forks County has 501. Rolette County leads the state in cases per capita by a wide margin; however, the county that includes the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation has done proportionally more testing than the rest of the state.

The 11.8% rolling positivity rate is the highest since early December 2020.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 118
  • DEATHS REPORTED FRIDAY: 1
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,028

The Department of Health reported one COVID-19 death on Friday from Burleigh County.
The state reported just 12 available intensive care beds and 163 regular inpatient beds across the state on Thursday.

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More than 81.1% of residents who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 477,002 (61.2% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 402,983 (51.7% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 159,698 (20.5% 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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