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12 deaths, 852 new COVID-19 cases in ND; active cases statewide are 5,307

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The North Dakota Department of Health Friday morning confirmed 852 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing December 3, bringing the total positives since testing began to 81,949.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 5,307 as of December 3. That’s down 154 cases from December 2.

Of the new positives:

  • 216 were in Cass County
  • 133 were in Burleigh County
  • 67 were in Ward County
  • 67 were in Stark County
  • 46 were in Grand Forks County
  • 39 were in Morton County
  • 16 were in Williams County


12 new deaths were reported, including 3 in Ward County and 3 in Renville County:

  • Woman in her 80s from Burleigh County.
  • Woman in her 70s from Cass County.
  • Man in his 60s from Emmons County.
  • Man in his 80s from Foster County.
  • Man in his 80s from Mercer County.
  • Woman in her 60s from Renville County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Renville County.
  • Man in his 70s from Renville County.
  • Man in his 80s from Sargent County.
  • Man in his 90s from Ward County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Ward County.
  • Woman in her 80s from Ward County.

A total of 989 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 821 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 144 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 24 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 75,653 people are considered recovered from the 81,949 positive cases, an increase of 805 people from December 2.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on December 3 (805) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (852).

Of the 5,307 active cases in North Dakota as of December 3:

  • Cass County: 1,135
  • Burleigh County: 754
  • Ward County: 510
  • Grand Forks County: 427
  • Morton County: 243
  • Stark County: 184
  • Williams County: 153


324 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of December 3, up 18 from December 2. A total of 2,842 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began.

Total Positives To Date

  • Cass County: 17,501
  • Burleigh County: 12,372
  • Grand Forks County: 8,313
  • Ward County: 7,842
  • Morton County: 4,182
  • Stark County: 3,712
  • Williams County: 3,117
  • Mountrail County: 1,087

Other county numbers are available here.

Other Data

A total of 355,196 unique individual tests have been conducted to date.

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

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

According to the data, 46 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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