The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, March 26, confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. There are now 52 total confirmed cases in the state.
The new cases include a McHenry County woman in her 80s, two women in their 20s in Burleigh County, a woman in her 80s in Burleigh County, a man in his 30s in Burleigh County, a woman in her 20s in Stark County and a male child, between the ages of 0-9, in McIntosh County. All of the cases, except the McHenry County case, are under investigation. The McHenry County case was a result of community spread, according to the health department.
Ten patients in North Dakota, up two from Wednesday, now have been hospitalized with the illness. There have been no reported deaths related to COVID-19 in North Dakota as of Thursday morning.
In total, 2,091 people in North Dakota have been tested, up 136 from Wednesday. Of that number, 2,039 have tested negative for COVID-19.
Burleigh County has the most confirmed cases with 22. Morton County has eight confirmed cases and Cass County, with the county seat of Fargo, has six. There are no confirmed cases in Grand Forks County as of Thursday morning.
Every state now has multiple confirmed cases of the illness — New York has been hit the hardest, with more than 30,000 known cases and more than 250 deaths. Minnesota has 287 known cases and one death, and South Dakota had announced 41 positive tests and one death as of Wednesday.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued an order Wednesday requiring Minnesotans to stay in place beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said during a Wednesday news conference that North Dakota would not follow suit because residents can take personal responsibility to prevent the virus' spread. He mentioned that most parts of North Dakota don't have the population density of Minnesota's biggest cities, so a similar order wouldn't be as effective in putting distance between people. The state will continue to monitor the spread of the disease to determine if more extreme measures are necessary, Burgum said.
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