BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 1,526 new COVID-19 cases in the state Saturday, Nov. 21. The new cases pushed the state to a near pandemic-high number of active cases.
Fargo's Cass County reported 401 new cases, the second-highest single-day number of new cases the state's most populous county has recorded since the pandemic began.
The state's three other most populous areas all recorded triple-digit new cases as well. Bismarck's Burleigh County added 233 new cases, while Minot's Ward County and Grand Forks County totaled 151 and 131 new cases, respectively.
Following behind the state's four largest metro areas, Williston's Williams County added 60 new COVID-19 cases. Morton County tallied 58 new cases, and Stark County reported 49 new cases. Four counties set single-day records for new cases: Cavalier County (26 new cases), Sioux County (21), Kidder County (10) and Grant County (eight). Pierce County's 28 new cases matched a single-day high for the county.
Twenty counties reported between 10 and 32 new cases, while 22 others reported single-digit new cases. A total of 49 counties reported new cases Saturday.
The 1,526 new cases came from 12,937 tests, marking a daily positivity rate of 13%.
The department also announced an additional 16 deaths of individuals who were infected with the virus. The deceased — nine women and seven men — primarily ranged in age from 80 to 90, though one woman in her 70s and two men in their 60s were among the dead. The deceased were from Burleigh, Cass, Grand Forks, Nelson, Pierce, Ransom, Stark, Stutsman and Ward counties.
The state's COVID-19 death toll moved to 834 with 1.2% of those who have become infected dying from the virus. The Department of Health listed the virus as the primary cause for 667 of the deaths, while the remaining 167 listed the virus as a secondary cause or are pending death records.
The state has reported a total of 60,640 individuals who have recovered from the virus, a recovery rate of nearly 85%.
Active cases numbered 10,066 Saturday, approaching the record of 10,290 active cases set eight days prior.
Cass County leads the state with 1,679 active cases, though its 92 active cases per 10,000 residents is the least of the state's four most populous counties.
Burleigh County totaled 1,474 active cases Saturday. Ward County reported 1,173 active cases, and Grand Forks County had 1,077 active cases. All of the state's largest counties reported decreases in active cases from last Saturday's figures.
Of the state's four largest counties, Ward County has the most active cases per 10,000 residents with 173. Ward County's active cases fell 22% over the past week, however, Minot has become an emerging COVID-19 hot spot in the state in recent weeks.
A dozen North Dakota counties have triple-digit active cases, including Mandan's Morton County, Jamestown's Stutsman County, Dickinson's Stark County and Williams County. While Morton County leads the group with 489 active cases, the number dropped from last week's total, as did Stutsman County's figure.
Foster County, with an estimated 3,210 residents, tops the state in active cases per 10,000 residents with 354.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11,843,490 COVID-19 cases and 253,600 deaths from the virus as of Saturday afternoon.
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