There at the moment are 1,162 North Dakotans recognized to be contaminated with the virus, marking a 3rd straight day of will increase. The variety of hospitalized residents decreased by 10 from Friday’s pandemic excessive of 65.
Forty of the brand new circumstances got here from Grand Forks County, which hasn’t seen such a leap in circumstances since an early outbreak on the LM Wind Energy plant in April. The county now has 112 lively circumstances — passing Cass County, which incorporates Fargo, for the fourth most within the state.
Eighteen of the brand new circumstances got here from Burleigh County, which encompasses Bismarck. The county emerged because the state’s hotspot over the past two months and has by far essentially the most lively circumstances with 271. Morton County, which sits simply west of Burleigh County and contains Mandan, reported 5 new circumstances and has the third most lively circumstances within the state with 114.
Eleven of the brand new circumstances reported Saturday got here from Cass County. The state’s most populous county has 90 lively circumstances.
Ward County, which incorporates Minot, reported 9 new circumstances Saturday. McLean County, which lies north of Bismarck, reported eight new circumstances.
Twenty-two counties reported at the least one case Saturday, together with many small, rural counties. Gov. Doug Burgum stated it seems the virus is spreading extra quickly in rural areas, and residents throughout the state ought to take primary precautions resembling mask-wearing and social distancing. Burgum has repeatedly rejected the concept of mandating masks, saying the state is counting on native decision-making and “particular person accountability.”
The well being division says 121 North Dakotans have died from the sickness, together with 76 residents of Cass County, which incorporates Fargo and West Fargo. Sixty-seven of the deaths have are available nursing houses and different long-term care amenities. There nonetheless are 4 deaths that stay in a “presumed optimistic” class, which suggests a medical skilled decided that COVID-19 was a reason for demise however the individual was not examined for the sickness whereas she or he was alive.
About 1.9% of the 6,478 take a look at outcomes introduced Saturday got here again optimistic. The division didn’t report the variety of new circumstances from repeat checks in its report Saturday.
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