BISMARCK — For the sixth consecutive day, the North Dakota Department of Health reported a decrease in active COVID-19 cases, with the figure dropping by 874 to 7,351, Forum News Service calculations found.
Across the state, active cases have fallen 27% since reaching a pandemic-high of 10,107 on Friday, Nov. 13, the Department of Health reported.
Over the past week, each of North Dakota's four largest counties reported a drop in active cases. Grand Forks County's active cases fell 42.6% over the past seven days to 618. Ward County reported a similarly large drop-off in active cases over the past week as well, with the figure dropping 35.5% to 756.
Both Fargo's Cass County and Bismarck's Burleigh County reported decreases in active cases by roughly 20% over the past week. The two counties currently lead the state in active cases, with Cass County reporting 1,367 and Burleigh County totaling 1,161 Saturday.
Ten other North Dakota counties reported triple-digit active cases Saturday. Griggs County's 282 active cases per 10,000 residents topped the state.
The department also reported 750 new cases of the virus in North Dakota, led by three of the state's largest counties. Cass County led the group with 135 new cases, while Burleigh County added 92 new cases. Minot's Ward County reported 77 new cases.
Rolette County totaled 54 new cases and Stark County reported 44 new cases. Barnes County and Grand Forks County reported 39 and 38 new cases, respectively.
Cavalier, Foster, Morton, Pembina, Richland, Sioux, Stutsman, Walsh, Wells and Williams counties reported between 10 and 20 new cases. Adams, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Nelson, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Sargent, Steele, Towner and Traill counties each added nine or fewer new cases.
The new cases came from 7,659 tests, marking a daily positivity rate of 10.7%.
Forty-four positive cases reported yesterday were found to be inconclusive, the department noted. The cases were primarily from Ward and Rolette counties with one each from Bottineau and Pierce counties. Those individuals were removed from the data and will be retested.
The state also announced 13 new deaths of individuals who had the virus. The deceased, seven males and six females, were from Benson, Cass, Foster, Grand Forks, LaMoure, McIntosh, McLean, Walsh and Ward counties.
Notably, the two Cass County residents who died were in their 40s and 50s. Four of the deceased were in the 60s. Two Grand Forks women in their 70s and 80s and five residents in their 90s were among the deceased.
The deaths moved the state's COVID-19 death toll to 915 individuals. 674 of the deaths list the virus as the primary cause of death, while 241 list it as a secondary cause or are pending death records. Slightly over 1% of North Dakotans who have become infected with the virus have died.
The department reported 1,564 new recoveries from COVID-19. The state's recovery rate stands at 89.4%.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 12,999,664 COVID-19 cases and 263,956 deaths as of Saturday afternoon.
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