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3 deaths, 260 new cases of COVID-19 in ND; active cases statewide are 3,669

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The North Dakota Department of Health Monday morning has confirmed 260 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing September 27, bringing the total positives since testing began to 20,983.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,669 as of September 27. That’s down 97 cases from September 26.

Of the new positives, 69 were in Burleigh County — the highest in the state — and 19 were in Morton County. Both counties accounted for 34 percent of the new cases.

Williams County had 28, Stark County had 23 and Ward County had 15.


Three new deaths were reported:

  • A man in his 80s from Burleigh County with underlying health conditions. 
  • A woman in her 60s from Burleigh County with underlying health conditions.
  • A man in his 80s from Rolette County with underlying health conditions.

A total of 234 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 44 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 17,080 people are considered recovered from the 20,983 positive cases, an increase of 254 people from September 26.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on September 27 (254) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (260).

Of the 3,669 active cases in North Dakota as of September 27, Burleigh County has 719 cases, the highest in the state. Cass County has 528 active cases and Grand Forks County has 226. Morton County has 269 active cases.

Cass and Grand Forks counties together account for 21 percent of all active COVID-19 cases in the state as of September 27.

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

Stark County has 416, Ward County has 212 and Williams County has 243 active cases.

Only two counties currently have no active cases of COVID-19 as of September 27: 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.


105 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of September 27, an increase of 9 from September 26. A total of 828 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began. The average hospital stay has been 8 days.

Total Positives To Date

Cass County (5,177 cases) and Grand Forks County (2,238 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 (3,651 cases) and Morton County (1,276 cases) together account for 23 percent of all positive COVID-19 cases to date.

Williams County has 1,019 total positive cases to date, Stark County has 1,639, Ward County has 1,071 and Mountrail County has 257.

Other county numbers are available here.

Other Data

A total of 238,737 unique individual tests have been conducted to date, with 217,754 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 (9,040 cases), close contact with exposed individuals (6,478 cases) and household contact (3,312 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, 29 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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