4 deaths, 343 new cases of COVID-19 in ND; active cases statewide are 3,766

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The North Dakota Department of Health Sunday morning has confirmed 343 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing September 26, bringing the total positives since testing began to 20,724.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,766 as of September 26. That’s up 94 cases from September 25.

Of the new positives, 57 were in Burleigh County and 9 were in Morton County. Both counties accounted for 13 percent of the new cases.

Williams County had 13, Stark County had 31 and Ward County had 22.


Four new deaths were reported:

  • Man in his 60s from Bottineau County with underlying health conditions. 
  • Woman in her 80s from Bottineau County with underlying health conditions.
  • Man in his 60s from Stark County with underlying health conditions.
  • Man in his 90s from Ward County with underlying health conditions. 

A total of 231 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 153 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 37 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 41 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 16,727 people are considered recovered from the 20,724 positive cases, an increase of 246 people from September 25.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on September 26 (199) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (343).

Of the 3,766 active cases in North Dakota as of September 26, Burleigh County has 732 cases, the highest in the state. Cass County has 538 active cases and Grand Forks County has 236. Morton County has 279 active cases.

Cass and Grand Forks counties together account for 20 percent of all active COVID-19 cases in the state as of September 26.

Burleigh and Morton counties together account for 27 percent of all active COVID-19 cases as of September 26.

Stark County has 419, Ward County has 209 and Williams County has 229 active cases.

Only two counties currently have no active cases of COVID-19 as of September 25: Slope and Steele.

According to state health department numbers (which have been revised several times for specific dates), the statewide active cases first peaked on May 21 at 672 active cases, then began falling until they hit a low of 213 on June 22.

Active cases peaked again on September 5 at 2,393.

According to the numbers, 81 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota to date have recovered from the virus.


96 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of September 26, that’s down 8 from September 25. A total of 815 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began. The average hospital stay has been 8 days.

Total Positives To Date

Cass County (5,122 cases) and Grand Forks County (2,233 cases) account for 35 percent of all positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases to date. Cass County alone accounts for 25 percent of all positive cases.

Burleigh County (3,582 cases) and Morton County (1,257 cases) together account for 23 percent of all positive COVID-19 cases to date.

Williams County has 991 total positive cases to date, Stark County has 1,616, Ward County has 1,056 and Mountrail County has 254.

Other county numbers are available here.

Other Data

A total of 237,618 unique individual tests have been conducted to date, with 216,894 coming back negative for COVID-19, or roughly an 9 percent cumulative positive rate.

Since tracking began, COVID-19 cases have been reported at one time or another in all 53 of North Dakota’s counties.

How is COVID-19 being spread in the state? Community spread (8,876 cases), close contact with exposed individuals (6,387 cases) and household contact (3,267 cases) are the top three reported.

While COVID-19 is seen as a virus that mostly impacts older people, in North Dakota, 60 percent of those testing positive for the virus are under 40.

Those in the 20 to 29 year age range have the most positive cases among those tested to date.

According to the data, 30 percent of all North Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19.

The health department is releasing test results daily around 11:00 a.m. The results cover all testing performed the previous day.

You can read more on the daily statistics as well as other COVID-19 information and resources at the North Dakota Department of Health website here.

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