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North Dakota reports 337 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 337 new positive coronavirus cases and three more deaths on Thursday.

The number of new positive cases included 62 in Burleigh County and 34 in neighboring Morton County. The counties that include the Bismarck metropolitan area have taken over as the state’s hot spot for the virus in recent weeks.

The cases reported Thursday raise the statewide total since the pandemic reached North Dakota in mid-March to 14,443.

North Dakota’s death toll from the coronavirus was 160 as of Thursday.

The victims were a two men in their 80s from Burleigh County , and a woman in her 90s from Dunn County. Officials said all had underlying health conditions.

The number of active cases in North Dakota totals 2,353, up 133 from Wednesday.

The number of North Dakota patients currently hospitalized was 62, up nine from Wednesday. There were 145 new recoveries reported, bringing the total number to 11,930 since the pandemic began.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.