BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 716 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths Sunday, Oct. 18, bringing the number of active cases to 5,652.

In just a week, cases in the state increased by over 1,000, with trends showing no indication of slowing down. This is the 11th consecutive day of record-high cases in North Dakota.

A state of only 762,062 people, 111.3 per 10,000 people are shown to be positive over a 14-day period.

Cass County reported the highest number of cases in the state at 131, bringing the number of active cases to 1,123.

Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 950 active cases, an increase of 114. Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 350 and 248 active cases, respectively. Grand Forks County added 113 cases, while Ward County reported 79 and Williston's Williams County recorded 240 total cases.

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Every county in North Dakota has at least one active case.

People between the ages of 20-29 make up the largest affected age group in North Dakota, with 7,770 having tested positive so far. However, only one person between 20-29 has died of COVID-19. Ages 0-5 are the least affected. While a majority of cases have been traced back to the community, the source of a large number of cases remains unknown.

Adams, Bowman, Cavalier, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, Nelson, Oliver, Ransom, Renville, Rolette, Towner, Traill and Wells counties each added five or fewer new cases.

A total of 6,904 tests were conducted, in which 2,224 were tested for the first time and a 10.37% positivity rate was found. Of the 716 new cases, 333 had previously tested negative for COVID-19.

Five deaths were reported Sunday — a man in his 60s from Burleigh County, a man in his 70s from Dickey County, a man in his 50s from McKenzie County, a woman in her 80s from Sioux County and a man in his 80s from Williams County. All had underlying health conditions. So far, 404 North Dakotans have died from COVID-19. 147 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 31 in the ICU. 333 have recovered as of today. Barely halfway through the month, October has seen the highest number of deaths in the state, with 134 dead.

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