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North Dakota reports 705 new cases of the coronavirus

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s rate of positive tests for the coronavirus climbed over 10% for the second time in three days and the two largest counties in the state have now combined for more than 12,000 cases, health officials said Thursday.

The report showed that 705 people tested positive after 7,121 tests were processed in the last day, a rate of 10.45%. Officials said 29,653 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Cass County went over the 7,000 mark and Burleigh Country surpassed 5,000 in Wednesday’s update.

Hospitalizations increased by six, to 138. There were 237 available staffed inpatient beds plus 19 intensive care unit beds in North Dakota on Thursday afternoon, according to state data.

Officials confirmed five new deaths due to complications from the virus, for a total of 370.

The COVID Tracking project reported that the state in the last day jumped from 900 to 934 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, tops in the country based on numbers collected through Wednesday. The rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by nearly 43%.in the lasts two weeks.