BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 45 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Feb. 21, bringing the number of active cases down to 725.

It should be noted, however, that only 2,116 tests were conducted when the daily average is 4,838.

The state also reported one death on Sunday. The state has recorded fewer than five deaths a day for over three weeks, with zero reported on most days. However, North Dakota currently ranks 11th in the country for death rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Neighboring South Dakota is eighth. At one point, North Dakota ranked first on the list.

Cass, Burleigh and Ward counties continue to report the highest number of cases in the state. Cass County added six cases, while Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported five new cases. Ward County recorded 13 additional cases, and Grand Forks County saw four cases on Sunday.

Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 33 and 38 active cases, respectively. Williston's Williams County recorded 37 total cases.

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Every county except Billings, Slope, Oliver, Grant, Logan, McIntosh, Eddy, Griggs and Cavalier have at least one active case at the moment.

Cass County has the highest number of deaths, with 195. Ward County trails close behind with 186 deaths, Burleigh County with 185 and Morton County with 94.

Slope and Billings counties have had zero COVID-19 deaths.

A total of 97,114 North Dakotans have recovered from COVID-19 and 52.77% have been tested.

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