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North Dakota shows 350 new virus cases on 10,000-plus tests

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota health officials said Thursday the daily positivity rate for COVID-19 tests came in at less than 4% after workers processed more than 10,000 examinations in the last 24 hours.

The update showed 350 new cases since Wednesday, for a total of 94,156 since the start of the pandemic. North Dakota ranks 47th in the country for new cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The state reported seven new deaths, including two in Ramsey County and one each in Grand Forks, Kidder, McLean, Rolette and Ward counties. The total stands at 1,321 fatalities, which is fifth highest in the country per capita, researchers said.

Hospitalizations dropped from 85 to 83, with 12 of those patients currently requiring intensive care.

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.