Fargo’s Cass County reported 109 new cases while Bismarck’s Burleigh County recorded 55 new active cases.
Grand Forks County and Ward County reported 48 and 38 new cases, respectively. New cases numbered 26 in both Mercer County and Morton County and 21 in McKenzie County.
Stark County and Stutsman County each added 15 new cases, while McLean County reported 14 new cases. Eddy County added 12 new cases and Bottineau County reported 11 new cases. Mountrail County totaled 10 new cases.
New cases numbered nine or fewer in Barnes, Benson, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, McIntosh, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sioux, Traill and Wells counties.
Additionally, a Forum News Service analysis of the data found that new case figures for seven North Dakota counties were single-day highs: Williams (83 new cases), Mercer (26), McKenzie (21), Adams (eight), Bowman (eight), Ransom (seven) and Towner (six).
The 593 positive results came from 8,693 tests, marking a daily positivity rate of 6.8%.
Among the 15 reported deceased were five Burleigh County residents, two Morton County residents, two Stark County residents, two Ward County residents and one resident each from Benson, Hettinger, McHenry and Mountrail counties. The deceased, nine women and six men, ranged in ages from 70s to 100s and all suffered from underlying health conditions.
The deaths move the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 336, with 230 listing the virus as the primary cause and 106 listing it as a secondary cause or pending death records. The death rate for North Dakotans who have become infected with the virus is 1.3%.
Active COVID-19 cases in the state totaled 4,169 Saturday, marking the first time the state surpassed 4,000 active cases. Active cases have climbed 13% since Oct. 1.
In Cass County, active cases numbered 782 Saturday, marking an 18% increase from a week prior. Active cases in Burleigh County dropped slightly over the past week and totaled 663 Saturday.
Active cases in Jamestown’s Stutsman County more than doubled over the past week, spiking from 35 to 78. Watford City’s McKenzie County saw active cases rise 49% over the past week to 116.
Grand Forks County reported a 31% increase in active cases over the past week, rising to 276. Active cases in Minot’s Ward County climbed 15% over the past week to 266.
Williston’s Williams County (279 active cases) and Mandan’s Morton County (247) both posted modest increases in active cases from a week prior.
Dickinson’s Stark County totaled 272 active cases Saturday, an 18% decrease from last Saturday’s 330.
Located in the southwest corner of North Dakota and with only 763 residents, Slope County — the state’s least populous county — currently does not have any active cases.
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