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North Dakota's active COVID-19 cases fall several thousand from pandemic record days ago

Active positives reached a pandemic high of more than 12,000 on Friday, but have fallen to just under 7,700 in the days since.

A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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BISMARCK — Active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota have dropped by several thousand since hitting a pandemic record at the end of last week.

The North Dakota Department of Health reported just under 7,700 active positive cases on Tuesday, Jan. 25, down from a pandemic peak of over 12,000 on Friday. The positivity rate remains at its highest point of the pandemic, as the fast-spreading omicron variant of the virus swept through the state this month.

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

Statewide case rates

  • ACTIVE CASES: 7,690

North Dakota's active virus cases have fallen by more than 4,300 since Friday. Case levels remain nearly five times higher than their numbers at the start of January.
Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 2,206. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 1,120 active cases, while Grand Forks County has 804.

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 any other county. The number of known cases in a county is heavily dependent on testing levels, though experts believe the virus is spreading widely even in areas with low testing.


The 19.6% rolling positivity rate is the highest of the entire pandemic.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 2,078

The state reported 13 available intensive care beds and 196 regular inpatient beds across the state in its latest update.


  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 485,846 (62.4% of population)
  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 409,960 (52.6% of population)
  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 171,979 as of Friday, Jan. 21 (22.1% 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.

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