1 death, 420 new cases of COVID-19 in ND, active cases statewide are 2,259

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The North Dakota Department of Health Thursday morning confirmed 420 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing on December 22, bringing the total positives since testing began to 170,784.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 2,259 as of December 22, up 3 cases from December 21.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,442. They declined to 171 by July 5, but rose again to a high of 4,609 on October 6.

Of the 420 new positives on December 22:

  • 141 were in Cass County
  • 56 were in Burleigh County
  • 41 were in Grand Forks County
  • 36 were in Williams County
  • 27 were in Ward County
  • 20 were in Morton County
  • 8 were in Stark County

1 new death was reported on December 22. 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 1,994 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,663 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 331 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. No death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 166,531 people are considered recovered from the 170,784 positive cases, an increase of 423 people from December 21.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on December 22 (423) is higher than the number of COVID-19 cases reported that day (420).


121 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of December 22, up 2 from December 21. A total of 6,852 people have been hospitalized since pandemic record-keeping began in March 2020.

Breakthrough Infections and Hospitalizations

As of December 22, the total number of North Dakotans with up-to-date vaccinations stands at 378,195. A total of 16,457 people who were fully vaccinated have later tested positive for COVID-19. These are known as “breakthrough cases.”

A total of 633 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 December 22, there have been 1,641 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, 73 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.

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