BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 752 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths Sunday, Nov. 29, bringing the number of active cases down to 6,837. Active cases have been declining for the past seven days.

This is the first time since the start of the pandemic North Dakota has seen a decline in cases for several consecutive days. Cases declined by 514 from Saturday. The last time the state saw a successive decline was from Jun. 12-Jun. 16.

However, it should be noted that testing has declined in the past week, as well.

Five deaths were reported Sunday — four men and one woman — from Burleigh, Cass, McKenzie and Rolette counties. The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 is 323, with 43 in the ICU. Only 14.41% staffed beds are available in North Dakota.

Cass, Burleigh and Ward counties continue to report the highest number of cases in the state. Cass County added 108 cases, while Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 130 new cases. Ward County recorded 70 additional cases Sunday.

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Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 327 and 227 active cases, respectively. Grand Forks County documented 635 cases, while Williston's Williams County recorded 237 total cases.

All counties in North Dakota have at least one active case.

Ward County now has the highest number of deaths with 129 dead of COVID-19. Cass County trails close behind with 126 residents, as well as 121 in Burleigh County and 68 in Morton County.

Slope, Golden Valley, Billings and Adams counties have had no COVID-19 deaths.

Adams, Barnes, Bottineau, Burke, Cavalier, Divide, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Griggs, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, McKenzie, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Sheridan, Sioux, Towner and Traill counties each added five or fewer new cases.

A total of 9,748 tests were conducted, in which 1,562 were tested for the first time. Of the 752 new cases, 395 had previously tested negative for COVID-19.

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