2 younger Cass County residents die as active COVID-19 cases continue to fall in North Dakota


Across the state, active cases have dropped 27 percent since it reached 10,107 pandemics on Friday, November 13, the Department of Health reported.

Over the past week, each of North Dakota’s four largest counties has seen a drop in the number of active cases. Active cases in Grand Forks County have dropped 42.6% to 618 in the past seven days. County Ward reported similarly significant cases in active cases last week, falling 35.5% to 756.

Both Fargo, Cass County and Bismarck County Burleigh reported a roughly 20% drop in active cases over the past week. The two counties are currently leading the state in active cases, with Cass County reporting 1367 and Burleigh County 1161 on Saturday.

Ten other North Dakota counties reported three-digit active cases on Saturday. Griggs County’s 282 active cases per 10,000 inhabitants led the state.

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The department also reported 750 new cases of the virus in North Dakota, led by the state’s three largest counties. Cass County led the group with 135 new cases, while Burleigh County added 92 new cases. Minot Ward County reported 77 new cases.

Rolette County reported a total of 54 new cases and Stark County reported 44 new cases. Barnes County and Grand Forks County reported 39 and 38 new cases, respectively.

Cavalier, Foster, Morton, Pembina, Richland, Sioux, Stutsman, Walsh, Wells, and Williams counties reported 10 and 20 new cases, respectively. Adams, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Nelson, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Sargent , Steele, Towner and Traill counties added nine or fewer new cases.

The new cases come from 7659 trials, indicating a positivity rate of 10.7% per day.

The forty-four positive cases reported yesterday turned out to be unconvincing, the department noted. The cases come mainly from the counties of Ward and Rolette, one each from the counties of Bottineau and Pierce. These individuals were removed from the data and re-examined.

The state has also announced 13 new deaths for people struggling with the virus. The deceased, seven men and six women, came from Benson, Cass, Foster, Grand Forks, LaMoure, McIntosh, McLean, Walsh and Ward counties.

In particular, the two Cass County residents who died were around 40 to 50 years old. Four of those who died were in the 60s. Among those who died were two 70-80-year-old Grand Forks women and five 90-year-olds.

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Due to the deaths, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 915. Of the deaths, 674 list the virus as the primary cause of death, while 241 list it as a secondary cause or the deaths are pending. Slightly more than 1% of North Dakota infected with the virus died.

The department reported 1564 new recoveries from COVID-19. The state’s recovery rate is 89.4%.

Nationwide, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reported 12,999,664 COVID-19 cases and 263,956 deaths on Saturday afternoon.

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