CASS COUNTY — The North Dakota Department of Health continues to track the impact on case numbers a few weeks into COVID-19 restrictions.

During the holiday weekend, active cases continued to decrease to leass than 7,000.

Testing also decreased, with an average of just over 8,500 people getting tested per day from Thursday to Saturday.

Even with the drop in testing, the state's health department said it is optimistic because the positivity rate also dropped.

The department underlines mitigation strategies starting to work.

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"Our numbers are going down, our positivity rate is going down, but we also just got through a major holiday," said Brenton Nesemeier, field epidemiologist at the North Dakota Department of Health.

Nesemeier said the health department will evaluate Thanksgiving gatherings' impact on the number of COVID-19 cases by the end of the week.