BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 152 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, Jan. 17, bringing the number of active cases down to 1,460.

The last time active cases were this low was on Aug. 21, 2020. This was before the statewide mask mandate was issued by Gov. Burgum. The statewide mandate is set to expire on Monday, Jan. 18, at 8 a.m.

Although the statewide mandate is expiring, Grand Forks County will continue to have a mask mandate. Likewise, the city of Fargo extended the local mask mandate until mid-February.

The state reported three deaths on Sunday. North Dakota currently ranks eighth in the country for death rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Neighboring South Dakota is seventh.

Although new cases are low, testing was also low, as only 4,781 new tests were conducted. Today, 50.89% of the population has undergone COVID-19 testing since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Cass, Burleigh and Ward counties continue to report the highest number of cases in the state. Cass County added 41 cases, while Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 28 new cases. Ward County recorded eight additional cases and Grand Forks County saw 14 cases on Sunday.

Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 61 and 50 active cases, respectively. Williston's Williams County recorded 69 total cases.

Every county except Sheridan, Oliver and Slope have at least one active case at the moment.

Ward County has the highest number of deaths, with 184 dead of COVID-19. Cass County trails close behind with 180 deaths, Burleigh County with 182 and Morton County with 92.

Slope and Billings counties have had no COVID-19 deaths.

Benson, Burke, Dickey, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, McKenzie, McLean, Pembina, Pierce, Rolette, Sargent, Sioux, Stark, Steele, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Williams counties each added five or fewer new cases.

A total of 93,020 North Dakotans have recovered from COVID-19.

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