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The North Dakota Department of Health Friday morning confirmed 493 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing on September 16, bringing the total positives since testing began to 125,110.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,486 as of September 16, up 64 cases from September 15.

The last time active positives were this high was December 11, 2020, when 3,584 active cases were reported.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,409. They declined to 120 by July 5, but have been steadily rising since then.

Of the 493 new positives on September 16:

  • 101 were in Burleigh County
  • 95 were in Cass County
  • 44 were in Stark County
  • 27 were in Ward County
  • 23 were in Morton County
  • 24 were in Grand Forks County
  • 15 were in Williams County

1 death was reported on September 15. The North Dakota Department of Health says it no longer publicly provides COVID-19 death information by sex, age, and location.

A total of 1,585 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,301 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 274 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 10 death records are pending.

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Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 120,039 people are considered recovered from the 125,110 positive cases, an increase of 430 people from September 15.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on September 16 (430) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (493).


111 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of September 16, up 4 from September 15. A total of 4,958 people have been hospitalized since pandemic record-keeping began in March 2020.

Breakthrough Infections and Hospitalizations

As of September 16, the total number of North Dakotans fully vaccinated stands at 3301,427. A total of 3,216 people who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 177 people who were fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

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


As of September 16, there have been 404 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, 64 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 here5

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