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North Dakota's death rate per capita ranks 10th in country

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s position as the country’s COVID-19 leader relative to population showed no signs of improvement Sunday with an 18.25% positivity rate of tests in the last day.

Health officials reported 1,111 new positive tests since Saturday, two-thirds of which came from counties with the state’s most populous metro areas: Fargo, Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks and Minot. Grand Forks County led the way Sunday with 187 positive tests.

Results tabulated Saturday by Johns Hopkins University researchers listed more than 2,148 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, up from 2,060 cases per 100,000 people the previous day. The state has for several weeks led the country in the number of tests per capita, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

The North Dakota Health Department update showed 11 deaths in the last day, including four in Cass County. The death toll stands at 639 since the start of the pandemic, which ranks 10th highest per capita.

The number of hospitalizations remained at 240 for the second straight day. There were 12 staffed intensive care unit beds and 158 staffed inpatient beds available statewide on Saturday.