North Dakota reports 4 COVID-19 deaths as active cases surpass 4,000

BISMARCK — The following are COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations tracked by the North Dakota Department of Health as of Thursday, Oct. 14. Because all data is preliminary, some numbers and totals may change from one day to the next.

Statewide case rates

NEW CASES REPORTED THURSDAY, OCT. 14: 633

ACTIVE CASES: 4,001

DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 6%

TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 140,186

TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 134,523

North Dakota’s active cases slightly decreased over the previous day, though the health department retroactively altered infection data that put Wednesday’s total at a higher total of 4,017 active cases.

Cass County, which encompasses Fargo, has the most active cases in the state at 778. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has 608 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 7.7%, among the highest rates since mid December.

Hospitalizations, deaths

North Dakota reported four deaths Thursday, including two each from Cass and Stutsman counties.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by six over the previous day. Understaffed hospitals, both

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