BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported Sunday, July 19, that two more residents have died of COVID-19, including a Benson County man in his 30s, the youngest to die from the virus in the state.
The second death was a man in his 80s from Burleigh County. Both men had underlying health conditions.
The deaths pushed the count of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to 92. Seventy-eight deaths list COVID-19 as the primary cause, while 14 others are pending death records or list COVID-19 as a secondary cause. Additionally, the state has listed four deaths of individuals who are presumed to have been COVID-19 positive.
The state reported 113 new positive cases from 5,533 total tests, though more than half of those were administered to individuals who have already been tested. The states announced 102 new recoveries and seven new hospitalizations Sunday. Forty-five individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state.
Cass County, the state's most populous area, added 26 new cases of the virus to lead the state. Grand Forks County reported 25 new cases, while Burleigh County added 16 cases. Mandan's Morton County recorded 12 new cases. Williams and Walsh counties added nine and seven new cases, respectively.
Burke, Cavalier, Emmons, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Pembina, Richland, Sioux, Steele, Towner, Traill and Ward counties each added three or fewer new cases.
Despite having roughly one-fifth the number of total cases as Cass County, Burleigh County leads the state in active cases with 175, according to data from Saturday, July 18. Cass County has 163 active cases and Grand Forks County has 82 active cases.
The rise in active cases has slowed since a rapid ascent following Independence Day. Active cases rose 62% from Monday, July 6 to Sunday, July 12. In the week following, active cases increased 13%. Still, active cases reached a pandemic-high 796 according to data reported Sunday.
North Dakota ranks seventh in the nation in per-capita testing, ahead of current hot-spot states Texas and Florida, according to Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center. The state has reported a 3.75% positivity rate among the 133,854 unique individuals tested.
The state has tallied the seventh-fewest deaths and the eighth-fewest cases in the nation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Across the United States, the CDC has reported 3,630,587 cases of COVID-19 and 138,782 deaths caused by the virus.
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