BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, Dec. 2, reported nine additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's overall pandemic death toll to 1,907 North Dakotans.

The number of active COVID-19 cases has been steadily rising throughout the week as North Dakota continues to monitor positive tests for the highly mutated omicron coronavirus variant, which has now been identified in Minnesota, officials announced on Thursday morning.

Although scientists are still researching to fully understand the severity of the omicron variant, the North Dakota Department of Health is encouraging people to take pandemic precautions and seek COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses.

Statewide case rates

  • NEW CASES REPORTED THURSDAY, DEC. 2: 599
  • ACTIVE CASES: 3,383
  • DAILY POSITIVITY RATE: 6.84%
  • TOTAL KNOWN CASES THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 163,565
  • TOTAL RECOVERED THROUGHOUT PANDEMIC: 158,275
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The state's 14-day rolling average positivity rate was 7.58% as of Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Hospitalizations, deaths

  • ACTIVE HOSPITALIZATIONS: 167

  • DEATHS: 9

  • TOTAL DEATHS: 1,907

Among the North Dakotans who have been hospitalized this week due to COVID-19, more than 75% were not fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations

  • FIRST DOSE ADMINISTERED: 390,663 (58.3% of population ages 12 and up)

  • FULL VACCINE COVERAGE: 369,388 (55.2% of population ages 12 and up)

  • BOOSTER DOSES ADMINISTERED: 118,724

The Department of Health encourages individuals to get information about vaccines at www.health.nd.gov/covidvaccinelocator.

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Readers can reach reporter Michelle Griffith, a Report for America corps member, at mgriffith@forumcomm.com.