BISMARCK — Three residents of Fargo's Cass County have died with COVID-19, the North Dakota Department of Health reported Saturday.
Five other North Dakota residents, one from Mountrail, Rolette and Stutsman counties in addition to two from Pierce County, were also reported among the state's COVID-19 victims. The deceased, five women and three men, ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s.
The deaths pushed the total number of North Dakotans who have died as a result of the virus to 1,411. Of the deaths, 1,166 list COVID-19 as the primary cause of death while 237 others list the virus as a secondary cause or are pending death records. To date, 1.5% of North Dakota residents who have contracted COVID-19 have died.
Cass County totaled 38 new COVID-19 cases, the department also reported Saturday. Both Bismarck's Burleigh County and Williston's Williams County reported 21 new cases.
Grand Forks County recorded 19 new cases and Minot's Ward County added 17. Adams, Barnes, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Dunn, Hettinger, McKenzie, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Stark, Stutsman, Towner, Traill and Walsh counties each totaled nine or fewer new cases.
A total of 169 positive cases were found from 7,064 new tests for a daily positivity rate of 2.94%.
Statewide active cases stood at 1,161 Saturday, down 23 from a day prior. All four of North Dakota's most populous counties saw active cases decrease over the week.
Cass County reported 203 active cases Saturday, down 33% from a week prior. Active cases in Burleigh County dropped slightly to 167. Active cases in Ward County fell 22% to 120, while Grand Forks County's active cases stood at 101 Saturday, a 26% drop from seven days ago.
Williams County tallied 92 active cases Saturday. Mandan's Morton County had the next greatest number of active cases with 37.
Per capita, rural Adams County in the state's southwest corner led the state with 104 active cases per 10,000 residents. Two other rural counties, Logan and Slope, totaled zero active cases Saturday.
Fifty North Dakotans are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, the department said.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tallied 24,704,417 total COVID-19 cases and 412,592 deaths attributed to the virus.
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