BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, Jan. 14, reported eight COVID-19 deaths and a slight increase in active cases.

The latest deaths came from all over the state, including two each in Cass and Ward counties and one each in Burleigh, Emmons, Pembina, and Sargent counties. All of the victims were at least 60 years old.

The department says 1,365 North Dakotans have died from the illness since March. At least 817 of the state's deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. There are 43 infected nursing home residents in the state.

The state has averaged two COVID-19 deaths a day in January, way down from December.

The state health department reported an increase of 15 active cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,764. COVID-19 hospitalizations sit at 78, an increase of six over the previous day.

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The department reported 248 new cases on Thursday, including:

  • 54 from Cass County, which includes Fargo.
  • 35 from Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck.

About 3% of the residents tested as part of the latest batch received a positive result, and an average of 4.1% of those tested in the last two weeks got a positive result. Sixty-nine of Thursday's positives came off rapid tests, while the rest came off traditional tests.

As of Wednesday, nearly 49,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in North Dakota, and some health care workers have started receiving their second doses.

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