BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported 99 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Jan. 24, bringing the number of active cases down to 1,097.

The state has seen a continuous decline in cases in the past two weeks except for two days where cases increased by 15 each time.

Despite zero deaths reported, North Dakota currently ranks eighth in the country for death rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Neighboring South Dakota is seventh.

Although new cases are low, testing was also low, with only 3,079 new tests conducted. This is lower than the average of 5,314. Today, 51.26% of the population has undergone COVID-19 testing since the beginning of the pandemic.

Cass, Burleigh and Ward counties continue to report the highest number of cases in the state. Cass County added 29 cases, while Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, reported 10 new cases. Ward County recorded 12 additional cases and Grand Forks County saw 11 cases on Sunday.

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Neighboring Morton and Stark counties now have 37 and 29 active cases, respectively. Williston's Williams County recorded 76 total cases.

Every county except Slope, Logan and Nelson have at least one active case at the moment.

Cass County has the highest number of deaths, with 186 dead of COVID-19. Ward County trails close behind with 185 deaths, Burleigh County with 184 and Morton County with 93.

Slope and Billings counties have had zero COVID-19 deaths.

Bottineau, Bowman, Dickey, Emmons, Kidder, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Pembina, Pierce, Ransom, Renville, Stark, Walsh and Williams counties each added five or fewer new cases.

A total of 94,309 North Dakotans have recovered from COVID-19.

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