BISMARCK — The number of active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota dropped as the state added 170 new cases of the virus, the North Dakota Department of Health announced Monday morning, Sept. 7.

Bismarck's Burleigh County led the state with 36 new cases, while across the Missouri River, Mandan's Morton County added eight new cases. Grand Forks County added 35 new cases. Fargo's Cass County reported 23 new cases.

Eighteen new cases were reported in Jamestown's Stutsman County. Williston's Williams County recorded 11 new cases. Valley City's Barnes County and Devils Lake's Ramsey County reported nine and six new cases, respectively. Minot's Ward County added five new cases.

Billings, Bottineau, Emmons, Golden Valley, Hettinger, LaMoure, McHenry, Mercer, Pembina, Ransom, Sargent, Stark, Towner, Traill and Walsh counties each reported three or fewer new cases.

The new cases were the result of 2,413 new tests, marking a 7.05% positivity rate.

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The state's death toll from the virus held at 156 with 121 of the deaths listing COVID-19 as the primary cause. Thirty-five deaths list the virus as either a secondary cause of death or are pending death records. The department has also reported an additional four deceased individuals who were presumed to have had COVID-19, but never tested positive for the virus. The state's mortality rate for individuals who have become infected with the virus is 1.13%.

Grand Forks and Burleigh counties remain the state's leaders in active cases with 450 and 443 active cases, respectively, both decreases from yesterday's totals. Cass County ranks third in the state with 406 active COVID-19 cases, also a slight decrease from Sunday's mark. Dickinson's Stark County reported a decrease of 19 active cases from yesterday to 216.

Stutsman County reported the largest increase in active cases of any North Dakota county, adding 10 to climb to 170 active cases.

Active cases in Williams County numbered 146 Monday, while Morton County reported 139 and Ward County totaled 119. All three counties saw a decrease in active cases from Sunday's numbers.

Barnes County's active cases held at 59, while all other North Dakota counties reported 44 or fewer active cases. Four rural counties — Grant, Oliver, Renville and Sheridan — had zero active cases Monday.

Statewide, active cases fell by 90 from yesterday's pandemic-high of 2,654. The department reported 260 new recoveries from the virus, moving the state's recovery rate to 80.29%.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 6,226,879 cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 188,051 deaths from the virus.

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