BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health announced Saturday, Aug. 8, that 181 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. The department also reported two additional deaths in the state, bringing the statewide total to 112.

After over 200 people recovered from the disease Thursday, the state announced a new pandemic high in new cases. As a result, active numbers, after dropping for the first time in a week, rose by 75, with 1,128 individuals currently with the COVID-19 virus.

A man in his 60s with underlying health conditions became Richland County’s first victim of the virus, while a Burleigh County man in his 90s, also with underlying health conditions, became the state’s 112th victim.

The department announced 5,681 tests Friday, yielding a 3.1% positivity rate while current hospitalizations rose by just one, with 49 people currently hospitalized

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Of the new cases reported, 34 come from Burleigh County, which now has a state-high 275 active cases. This comes as the Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force tries to contain the virus since it spread, becoming the state's new hot spot. In a meeting Friday, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health director Renae Moch pointed out there is no single source for the high levels of transmission, but, like most states, the increased case count is coming from younger individuals.

Of the total 7,508 positive cases reported, 3,285 of them are between the ages of 20 and 39. Morton County added 24 new cases Friday, while Cass County, which has the most positive cases in the state at 3,028, reported 22 new cases.

In addition:

  • Sixteen cases were added to Sioux County

  • Ward County reported 12 cases, home to Minot, N.D.

  • Dickinson’s area Stark County added another 11 cases

  • Ten cases reported in Grand Forks County

Sixty-seven of the statewide deaths have come from individuals within long-term care facilities. Currently, 80 active cases in the state reside in nursing homes. Leach Home in Wahpeton, N.D., currently has seven active cases, while Ashley Medical Center in McIntosh County has a state-high eight cases, six of which are staff.

Of the positive cases, 6,268 have recovered from a disease that has claimed more than 160,000 lives nationwide. The state has conducted 352,480 tests, although some people have been tested more than once.

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