BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 497 new COVID-19 cases as well as eight new deaths from the virus in the state Saturday, Sept. 26.
Ninety-one new cases were reported in Burleigh County and 80 were reported in Cass County. Dickinson's Stark County added 63 new cases. Ward County, Morton County and Williams County recorded 47, 28 and 26 new cases, respectively.
Grand Forks County added 16 new infections. Devils Lake's Ramsey County reported 12 new cases, while Logan County recorded 11. Richland County reported nine new cases; McIntosh, McKenzie and Mountrail counties each added seven new cases.
Adams, Barnes, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Stutsman and Walsh counties each added six or fewer new cases.
The new positive cases came from 7,747 tests, marking a 6.4% daily positivity rate.
Three Stark County residents with underlying health conditions — a male in his 100s, a male in his 90s and a female in her 80s — were among the reported deceased. A Burleigh County male in his 50s with underlying health conditions became just the 11th individual between 50 and 59 to die from the virus.
A Bottineau County man in his 70s, a McLean County woman in her 90s, a Renville County woman in her 70s and a Ward County woman in her 70s — all of whom suffered from underlying health conditions — were also among the deceased.
The eight deaths moved the state's death toll from the virus to 227. The state's death rate among individuals who have become infected is 1.1%.
Active cases rose by 110 to a pandemic-high of 3,672. Active cases have increased 64% since the beginning of September.
Burleigh County, which Gov. Doug Burgum said was "approaching high risk" Wednesday, Sept. 23, reported 727 active COVID-19 infections Saturday, a 28% increase from last Saturday's figure.
Active cases in Cass County numbered 515 Saturday, a 4% decrease from a week prior. The county, the state's most populous, was upgraded from the "low risk" designation to the "moderate risk" designation Wednesday.
Stark County, which Burgum said was also "approaching high risk," saw active cases rise 34% over the past week from 307 to 412.
Active cases climbed 19% in Mandan's Morton County to 283. Williams County (235), Grand Forks County (231) and Ward County (206) are the only other counties with triple-digit active cases. Slope and Steele counties reported zero active cases Saturday.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 7,009,206 COVID-19 cases and 203,180 deaths from the virus as of Saturday afternoon.
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