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North Dakota's active virus cases drop for 2nd straight day

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Tuesday that the number of active COVID-19 cases have dropped for two straight days, including 301 fewer cases in the last day.

Active cases in the state reached a record number of 2,653 on Sunday. That has been reduced by 389 in the last two days, for a total of 2,264. Hospitalizations have dropped by five in the last day, to 63, and for the second straight day there were no new deaths.

North Dakota ranks first in the country in the number of new cases in the last two weeks, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Officials on Tuesday confirmed 75 positive tests for the coronavirus, for a total of 13,877 cases.

The number of tests that have been processed took a dip over the holiday weekend. After more than 7,300 tests were recorded Saturday, the numbers fell to about 4,800 on Sunday, 2,400 on Monday and 1,400 on Tuesday.

“We often have lower numbers early in the week because the numbers are reflective of testing that happened over the weekend,” said Nicole Peske, state Health Department spokeswoman. “So expect lower numbers tomorrow, too, because of the holiday.”