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3 deaths, 312 new cases of COVID-19 in ND; active cases statewide are 3,693

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The North Dakota Department of Health Monday morning has confirmed 312 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing October 4, bringing the total positives since testing began to 23,862.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,693 as of October 4. That’s down 86 cases from October 3.

Of the new positives, 47 were in Burleigh County and 9 were in Morton County. Both counties account for 18 percent of the new cases.

Cass County (50 new positives) and Grand Forks County (47 new positives) account for 31 percent of the new cases on October 4.

Williams County had 22, Stark County had 11 and Ward County had 13.


Three new deaths were reported:

  • A man in his 80s from Ward County with underlying health conditions.
  • A woman in her 90s from McHenry County with underlying health conditions. 
  • A woman in her 80s from Stark County with underlying health conditions.

A total of 277 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 188 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 40 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 49 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 19,892 people are considered recovered from the 23,862 positive cases, an increase of 292 people from October 3.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on October 4 (292) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (312).

Of the 3,693 active cases in North Dakota as of October 4, Burleigh County has 653 cases, the highest in the state. Cass County has 554 active cases and Grand Forks County has 238. Morton County has 233 active cases.

Cass and Grand Forks counties together account for 21 percent of all active COVID-19 cases in the state as of October 4.

Burleigh and Morton counties together account for 24 percent of all active COVID-19 cases as of October 4.

Stark County has 305, Ward County has 237 and Williams County has 251 active cases.

As of October 4, every county in North Dakota has at least 1 active case.

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


112 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of October 4, an increase of 12 from October 3. A total of 939 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began. The average hospital stay has been 8 days.

Total Positives To Date

Cass County (5,728 cases) and Grand Forks County (2,432 cases) account for 34 percent of all positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases to date. Cass County alone accounts for 24 percent of all positive cases.

Burleigh County (4,086 cases) and Morton County (1,438 cases) together account for 24 percent of all positive COVID-19 cases to date.

Williams County has 1,224 total positive cases to date, Stark County has 1,836, Ward County has 1,248 and Mountrail County has 291.

Other county numbers are available here.

Other Data

A total of 248,652 unique individual tests have been conducted to date, with 224,790 coming back negative for COVID-19, or roughly a 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 (10,453 cases), close contact with exposed individuals (7,133 cases) and household contact (3,801 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, 32 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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