BISMARCK — Active COVID-19 cases in North Dakota surpassed 3,000 for the second day in a row Sunday, Sept. 20, as the Department of Health reported 352 new cases, bringing the state's total to 3,208.

Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported the highest number of active cases with 615, an increase of 78. Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 251 and 328 active cases, respectively. Cass County reported 73 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 537. Grand Forks County added 13 cases, while Ward County reported 28 and Williston's Williams County recorded 17 new cases.

With a rise of active cases to 36, Mountrail County documented 15 new active cases.

Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Dickey, Grant, Hettinger, LaMoure, Logan, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sioux, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh and Wells counties each added five or fewer new cases.

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A total of 5,743 tests were conducted, where 1,910 were tested for the first time and a 6.13% positivity rate was found. Of the 352 new cases, 151 had previously tested negative for COVD-19.

Zero deaths were reported Sunday after a pandemic high of eight was reported the day before. So far, 192 North Dakotans have died from COVID-19. Eighty-one people are currently hospitalized, with 22 in the ICU.

As of Sunday, 209 are reported to have recovered.

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