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North Dakota sets another active virus case record; 5 deaths reported

North Dakota sets another active virus case record; 5 deaths reported

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North Dakota has set a record for active cases of COVID-19 for 11 days straight, reaching 5,652 on Sunday.

Five more people have died with COVID-19, bringing the state's pandemic death toll to 404. The deaths reported Sunday by the state Department of Health were North Dakotans in their 50s through 80s in Burleigh, Dickey, McKenzie, Sioux and Williams counties. All had underlying health conditions.

The state reported 716 new virus cases Sunday, including 114 in Burleigh County and 36 in Morton County. Cass County had the most new cases at 131. Grand Forks and Ward counties also saw substantial numbers at 113 and 79, respectively.

Burleigh County had 950 active cases, and Morton had 350.

The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 dropped by one to 147. As of late Sunday morning, state data showed that one staffed intensive care unit bed was available in Bismarck at Sanford Health, and 16 were available statewide. Ten staffed non-ICU beds were available in Bismarck, including four at Sanford and six at CHI St. Alexius Health. Statewide, 235 were available.

Statewide, there have been 31,978 cases since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March, 25,922 recoveries and 1,253 hospitalizations. The number of state residents tested for coronavirus at least once is at 270,555 and total tests number 762,083, including 7,316 handled Saturday.

The Associated Press reported that were about 1,069 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to figures compiled Saturday by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

Burleigh, Morton and 14 other North Dakota counties are in the orange "high risk" level on the state's five-level color-coded system; 15 are in the yellow "moderate risk" level; 17 are in the green "low risk" level; and five are in the blue "new normal" level. The risk level determines what sort of coronavirus-related protocols are in place under the ND Smart Restart Plan for everything from businesses to family gatherings. The guidelines are not enforced.

The state's COVID-19 Smart Restart County Analysis data dashboard can be accessed at www.health.nd.gov/healthmetrics. For more detailed information on coronavirus in North Dakota, go to health.nd.gov/coronavirus.

Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8252 or amy.sisk@bismarcktribune.com.

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