BISMARCK — North Dakota reported 6 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, Oct. 13, as a surge driven by the highly infectious delta variant of the virus continues.

Most of the rest of the United States has seen cases decline in recent weeks, but North Dakota's cases keep rising. The state ranks third nationally in cases per capita over the last week behind only Alaska and Wyoming.

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

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13: 662

  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,979

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 7.3%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 139,563

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 133,926

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North Dakota's active cases increased by 92 over the previous day as the state nears 4,000 active infections.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 771. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 634 active cases. Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson, has 377 active cases and leads a pack of western counties at the top of the list in cases per capita.

The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.9%, among the highest rates since mid December.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 183

  • DEATHS: 6

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,658

North Dakota reported six deaths Wednesday, including one each from Burleigh, Stutsman, Williams, Emmons, Walsh and Sioux counties.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by two over the previous day. Understaffed hospitals, both rural and urban, are straining under the pressure of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and unusually high non-coronavirus admissions.

The state reported just 11 available intensive care beds and 167 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Tuesday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined five ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported zero open ICU and four inpatient beds.

During the week of Oct. 10, the state reported that 77% of the 186 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED*: 395,084 (62% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE*: 342,656 (53.8% of population ages 12 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, which was having technical difficulties Wednesday.

North Dakota ranks in the bottom 10 in vaccination rate nationally, according to the CDC. The state has seen a slight uptick in immunizations during the delta variant surge.

More information about vaccines can be found at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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