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The North Dakota Department of Health Wednesday morning confirmed 649 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing on October 26, bringing the total positives since testing began to 146,387.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,490 as of October 26, up 211 cases from October 25.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,419. They declined to 129 by July 5, but rose again to a high of 4,582 on October 6.

Of the 649 new positives on October 26:

  • 145 were in Cass County
  • 62 were in Stark County
  • 55 were in Burleigh County
  • 60 were in Ward County
  • 39 were in Morton County
  • 29 were in Williams County
  • 28 were in Grand Forks County

11 new deaths were reported on October 26. The North Dakota Department of Health says it no longer publicly provides COVID-19 death information by sex, age, and location.

So far in October, 120 people have died as a result of COVID-19, the most deaths in 2021 at this point. Deaths haven’t been this high since December 2020, when 282 were reported for the month.

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

A total of 1,746 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,445 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 300 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 141,151 people are considered recovered from the 146,387 positive cases, an increase of 438 people from October 25.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on October 26 (438) is lower than the number of COVID-19 cases reported that day (649).


166 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of October 26, down 3 from October 25. A total of 5,868 people have been hospitalized since pandemic record-keeping began in March 2020.

Breakthrough Infections and Hospitalizations

As of October 26, the total number of North Dakotans fully vaccinated stands at 353,047. A total of 8,992 people who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19. These are known as “breakthrough cases.”

A total of 397 people who were fully vaccinated and 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 October 26, there have been 932 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 30 to 39 year age range have the most positive cases among those tested to date.

According to the data, 69 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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