BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Tuesday, Nov. 23. Because all data are preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED TUESDAY, NOV. 23: 672

  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,037

  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 8.9%

  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 159,373

  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 154,475

North Dakota's active cases increased by 173 over the previous day as testing levels got back on track.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 777. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 393 active cases. Ward County, which encompasses Minot, has 255 active cases. Traill and Dickey counties lead the state in cases per capita.

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The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate is 7.4%.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 160

  • DEATHS REPORTED TUESDAY: 9

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,861

North Dakota reported nine COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, including three from Burleigh County and one each from Cass, Grand Forks, Stutsman, Pembina, Sargent and Kidder counties. The state has reported 69 deaths this month.

COVID-19 hospitalizations slightly declined 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 187 regular inpatient beds across the whole state on Monday, 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 10 inpatient beds, while Bismarck's two hospitals reported two open ICU beds and 12 inpatient beds.

During the week of Nov. 21, the state reported that 78% of the 164 residents hospitalized with COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 435,025 (55.8% of population)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 368,994 (47.4% of population)

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 105,821 (13.6% 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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