BISMARCK — Active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota reached 3,766 on Sunday, Sept. 27, as the Department of Health reported 343 new cases and four deaths.

Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported the highest number of active cases with 732, an increase of 57. Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 279 and 419 active cases, respectively. Cass County reported 58 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 538. Grand Forks County added 22 cases, while Ward County reported 22 and Williston's Williams County recorded 13 new cases.

Bottineau County reported 11 new cases, Emmons County had 19 and McKenzie County had six. Morton County saw nine new cases, Pembina County reported six, Ramsey County logged 20 and Renville County documented six new cases. Only Slope County and Steele County have no active COVID-19 cases at the moment.

Barnes, Benson, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Nelson, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Wells counties each added five or fewer new cases.

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A total of 5,444 tests were conducted, where 1,548 were tested for the first time and a 6.30% positivity rate was found. Of the 343 new cases, 144 had previously tested negative for COVID-19.

Four deaths were reported Sunday — a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s from Bottineau County, a man in his 60s from Stark County and a man in his 90s from Ward County. All of them had underlying health conditions. So far, 231 North Dakotans have died from COVID-19. Ninety-six people are currently hospitalized, with 18 in the ICU.

As of Sunday, 246 are reported to have recovered.

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