Daily testing also continues its high-number streak, with 6,876 tests conducted Friday as the Department of Health stated the high number of tests have come from universities, who are beginning to hold COVID-19 testing events as students prepare for fall semester classes.
COVID-19 Daily Report, August 22:
• 6,876 tests (2,026 )
• 9,736 positives ( 262)
• 7,698 recovered ( 127)
• 135 deaths ( 3)
• 1,633 active cases ( 132)
— ND Department of Health (@NDDOH) August 22, 2020
A woman in her 60s from Walsh County, a Rolette County man in his 70s and a man in his 80s from Burleigh County died from COVID-19 Friday. All three individuals had underlying health conditions.
Active cases rose by 132, as 1,633 people in the state currently have COVID-, the highest number since the pandemic began.
Grand Forks County reported 77 new cases Saturday, the most the county has seen in one day since pandemic began with active numbers in the area rising to 262, the second most out of any county in the state.
In addition, 48 of the new positives come from Burleigh County, bringing its active count to 403, the highest out of any county in the state. Morton County, home to Mandan, N.D., reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 as the region has become the state hotspot over the last two months.
Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson, N.D., has also seen a dramatic increase in positive cases within the last month, and reported another 22 new cases Friday. According to the department, 189 active cases are in Stark County.
Twenty-seven of the new cases reported came from Cass County, the region with the most positive cases reported at 3,250, while active cases continue to stay steady, with 135 individuals known to have COVID-19.
Up for much debate, the state is still under the “green” or “low risk” level, while Gov. Doug Burgum has said it would have to take a long-term trend to move up the scale to “moderate.”
The upward trend in active cases continues to be dominated by younger individuals. Of the total active cases, 713 (44%) come from 20-39 year-old’s, while just 156 (9.6%) come from individuals 70 years and older, according to the department.
Fifty-three people are currently hospitalized, down one from yesterday and 127 have newly recovered. In all, 9,736 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
Of the statewide deaths, 72 have come from individuals within long-term health care facilities. Missouri Slope, in Bismarck, is seeing a high number of cases, with 14 positive cases among both residents and faculty.
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