North Dakota confirms daily high in positive COVID-19 tests
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota set a new daily high for the number of COVID-19 cases after 29 counties reported positive tests, state health officials said Friday.
Officials confirmed 168 new cases, topping the previous record of 160 on July 22. That included 46 positive tests combined in Burleigh and Morton counties, which has been at the forefront of the state’s spike in cases in the last two weeks.
The number of active cases jumped by 60, to 1,077, and hospitalizations increased by four, to 47.
Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in North Dakota has increased by more than 35%, according to data posted Thursday by The COVID Tracking Project. Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, has seen nearly 400 new cases in that time.
Officials said 5,292 tests were processed in the last day, for a total of more than 310,000 tests since the pandemic began. A total of 6,469 people have tested positive for the virus.
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.