BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Thursday, Nov. 18. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED THURSDAY, NOV. 18: 648

  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,542

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 6.8%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 157,381

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 152,001

North Dakota's active cases increased by 103 over the previous day.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 876. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 442 active cases. Ward County, which encompasses Minot, has 336 active cases. Traill County leads the state in cases per capita.

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The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.5%.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 148

  • DEATHS REPORTED THURSDAY: 7

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,838

North Dakota reported seven COVID-19 deaths Thursday as fatalities reported in November rose to 48.

COVID-19 hospitalizations slightly dropped over the previous day, but the state's medical centers continue to deal with a crunch on capacity, mostly due to high noncoronavirus admissions.

The state reported 12 available intensive care beds and 161 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Wednesday, though most of the open beds are located in small hospitals with limited capabilities. Fargo's three hospitals reported a combined four ICU beds and five inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported zero open ICU beds and seven inpatient beds.

During the week of Nov. 14, the state reported that 82% of the 159 residents hospitalized were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 432,342 (56.7% of population)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 367,961 (48.3% of population)

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 78,535 (21.3% of fully vaccinated population)

These figures come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes vaccinations performed at federal sites and reports slightly different vaccination rates than the state's vaccine dashboard.

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