North Dakota adds 91 new COVID-19 cases; Burleigh County outbreak slows
The Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force has worked to drive down the seven-day moving average of new cases in the capital area. After two consecutive weeks of increases, the number of active cases in Burleigh County fell from last Sunday, Aug. 2 and currently stands at 278.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 91 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state's total number of cases to 7,596.
Burleigh County again led the state in new cases with 26. Bordering Morton County added 10 new cases. Fargo's Cass County added 12 new cases, while rural Rolette County posted 11 new cases.
Grand Forks County recorded seven new cases. Benson, Bottineau, Dickey, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Pierce, Richland, Sioux, Stark, Traill, Ward and Williams counties each added five or fewer new cases.
North Dakota has recorded the ninth-fewest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
North Dakota reported results from 5,662 tests Sunday, Aug. 9, as the state is continuing its push to conduct 8,000 tests per day . Over the past week, the state conducted an average of 5,423 daily tests.
For the first time since Monday, Aug. 3, the state did not announce any new deaths from the virus. North Dakota has reported 112 deaths from the virus, the sixth-lowest in the nation, according to the CDC .
Ninety-four of the state's deaths list COVID-19 as the primary cause of death, while 18 others list the virus as a secondary cause or are pending death records. The state has also reported four deaths to individuals who were presumed to have been COVID-19 positive, though those individuals never tested positive for the illness.
The Burleigh-Morton COVID-19 Task Force has worked to drive down the seven-day moving average of new cases in the capital area. After two consecutive weeks of increases, the number of active cases in Burleigh County fell from last Sunday, Aug. 2, and currently stands at 278.
Cass County's active cases continue to drop, falling 28% over the past three weeks to 117. Morton County reported 100 active cases Sunday, while Dickinson's Stark County reported 80 active cases. Grand Forks County had 57 active cases.
Statewide, the growth in active cases has slowed significantly after a precipitous rise beginning in early July. Active cases in North Dakota increased 161% from July 5 to July 31 but have only climbed 2% since the beginning of August.
Over the past seven days, the department has reported an average of 134 new cases per day.
Nationwide, the CDC has reported 4,920,369 cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 160,200 deaths from the virus.
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