New cases of COVID-19 reported in 12 North Dakota counties
FARGO (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Thursday said 12 counties have reported new cases of the coronavirus, including seven positive tests each in Cass and Grand Forks counties.
Officials said 32 people were confirmed with COVID-19 in the last day, increasing the state’s total since the pandemic began to nearly 4,000. Nearly 3,000 tests were included in the update.
Other counties registering new cases Thursday were Burleigh, McKenize, Morton, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Stark, Walsh, Ward and Williams. The state has now seen cases in all but five counties.
The number of hospitalizations dropped by two, to 25. The death toll remains at 78.
The report comes as outdoor visitation and limited indoor activities for residents have now been approved for nearly all of the long-term care facilities in North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Close to one-fifth of them have met the state threshold for resuming indoor visitation with restrictions.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.