The North Dakota Department of Health Sunday morning confirmed 588 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing on January 8, bringing the total positives since testing began to 182,538.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,992 as of January 8, up 495 cases from January 7.

Since January 1, COVID-19 positives in North Dakota have spiked by 2,830 cases.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,446. They declined to 167 by July 5, 2021, but rose again to a high of 4,608 on October 6, 2021.

Of the 588 new positives on January 8:

  • 151 were in Cass County
  • 127 were in Burleigh County
  • 73 were in Grand Forks County
  • 47 were in Ward County
  • 40 were in Morton County
  • 19 were in Williams County
  • 13 were in Stark County

1 new death was reported on January 8. The North Dakota Department of Health says it no longer publicly provides COVID-19 death information by sex, age, and location.

In November, 134 people died as a result of COVID-19, the fifth-highest month for fatalities since COVID-19 tracking officially began in March 2020.

The most deaths in a month from COVID-19 came in November 2020, when 500 people died.

A total of 2,029 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,691 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 337 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. 1 death record is pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 176,517 people are considered recovered from the 182,538 positive cases, an increase of 1,532 people from January 7.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on January 8 (1,532) is higher than the number of COVID-19 cases reported that day (588).


117 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of January 8, down 1 from January 7. A total of 7,051 people have been hospitalized since pandemic record-keeping began in March 2020.

Breakthrough Infections and Hospitalizations

As of January 8, the total number of North Dakotans with up-to-date vaccinations stands at 381,916. A total of 22,152 people who were fully vaccinated have later tested positive for COVID-19. These are known as “breakthrough cases.”

A total of 684 people who were fully vaccinated and later tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized. These are called “breakthrough hospitalizations.”

More on this data can be found directly on the NDDoH website by clicking here.


As of January 8, there have been 2,944 reinfections of COVID-19 since June 27, 2021. The NDDoH does not report whether these individuals who became reinfection were vaccinated.

Other Data

Since tracking began, COVID-19 cases have been reported at one time or another in all 53 of North Dakota’s counties.

Those in the 20 to 29 year age range have the most positive cases among those tested to date.

According to the data, 75 percent of all North Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19.

The results listed today cover all testing performed the previous day.

You can read more on the daily statistics as well as other COVID-19 information and resources at the North Dakota Department of Health website here.