The North Dakota Department of Health has reported an additional 12 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, April 2, bringing the total number of positive cases up to 159.

The number includes six new cases in Cass County, five of which are attributed to close contact, according to the health department. The other case, a woman in her 60s, has been determined to be possibly linked to travel, according to the health department.

An additional two people in North Dakota have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 28. The state lists 43 people as having recovered from the illness caused by the coronavirus, up two from Wednesday. There were no new deaths reported Thursday, leaving the total at three.

Cass County leads the state in positive tests at 43. Burleigh County reported no new cases Thursday and has had 32 positive cases.

The new cases, as of Thursday morning, are:

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  • Woman in her 60s from Cass County, close contact

  • Woman in her 40s from Cass County, close contact

  • Man in his 70s from Cass County, close contact

  • Man in his 70s from Cass County, close contact

  • Woman in her 80s from Cass County, close contact

  • Woman in her 60s from Cass County, possible travel

  • Woman in her 40s from Mountrail County, community spread

  • Woman in her 20s from Mountrail County, under investigation

  • Man in his 50s from Stark County, community spread

  • Woman in her 60s from Stark County, community spread

  • Woman in her 70s from Ward County, under investigation

  • Man in his 30s from Williams County, possible travel

Beginning Thursday, April 2, the health department will be reporting numbers via news release, website and social media once a day by 11 a.m. The numbers released each day will be the numbers for the previous day. As the numbers increase, this allows the department time to investigate those who test positive before it is reported to the public, the department said in a press release.

Every state now has at least 100 confirmed cases of the illness — New York state has been hit the hardest, with more than 83,000 known cases and 1,900 deaths. Minnesota has 742 known cases and 17 deaths, and South Dakota had announced 129 positive tests and two deaths as of Wednesday evening. The Dakotas have among the lowest numbers of positive tests in the country.

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