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North Dakota reports 10th coronavirus death in 2 days

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported five more deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing to 10 the number of people who died from coronavirus in the past two days.

Seven of the deaths in the past two days have been in Burleigh County, which tallied four deaths on Thursday. Health officials said the other death was reported in Ward County.

The state has recorded 182 deaths since the pandemic began, which is 46th highest in the country overall and the 38th highest per capita, according to the COVID Tracking Project. The volunteer organization ranks North Dakota No. 1 overall in the number of cases per capita in the last two weeks.

It also ranks the North Dakota first in the nation as having the most testing per capita.

North Dakota on Thursday reported 394 positive cases of COVID-19, led by Burleigh County with 74. Neighboring Morton County recorded 32 new cases. The state’s most populous county, Cass, had 51 new cases.

The number of active cases in the state increased by 185, to a record 2,713. The number of hospitalizations increased by seven, to 69.

For most people, the new 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 and death.