BISMARCK — Active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota reached 4,426 on Sunday, Oct. 11, as the Department of Health reported 640 new cases and three deaths.

Cass County reported the highest number of cases in the state, with 145 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 851.

Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 732 active cases, an increase of 134. Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 262 and 250 active cases, respectively. Grand Forks County added 32 cases, while Ward County reported 92 and Williston's Williams County recorded 32 new cases.

Bottineau, Emmons and Mountrail counties reported six new cases each, while Benson, Dickey, McLean, Richland and Stutsman counties documented eight new cases. LaMoure and McKenzie counties have seven cases; Mercer County 12 and Ramsey County logged 12.

Only Slope County— the least populous county of North Dakota —has zero active cases at the moment.

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Barnes, Bowman, Burke, Cavalier, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ransom, Renville, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Stark, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Wells counties each added five or fewer new cases.

A total of 7,523 tests were conducted, in which 2,169 were tested for the first time and a 8.51% positivity rate was found. Of the 640 new cases, 306 had previously tested negative for COVID-19.

Three deaths were reported Sunday — a man in his 100s from Emmons County, a man in his 70s from Kidder County along with a woman in her 70s from Stark County. All of them had underlying health conditions. So far, 339 North Dakotans have died from COVID-19. 144 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 32 in the ICU.

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