The North Dakota Department of Health Wednesday morning has confirmed 475 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing September 22, bringing the total positives since testing began to 18,981.
The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 3,302 as of September 22. That’s up 210 cases from September 21.
Of the new positives, 79 were in Burleigh County and 30 were in Morton County. Both counties accounted for 23 percent of the new cases.
Williams County had 57, Stark County had 25 and Ward County had 46.
Seven new deaths were reported:
- Man in his 90s from Bottineau County with underlying health conditions.
- Woman in her 80s from Burleigh County with underlying health conditions.
- Woman in her 90s from Burleigh County with underlying health conditions.
- Man in his 90s from Morton County with underlying health conditions.
- Woman in her 80s from Morton County with underlying health conditions.
- Woman in her 80s from Stark County with underlying health conditions.
- Woman in her 80s from Williams County with underlying health conditions.
A total of 203 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 13 death records are pending.
Recoveries and Active Cases
The health department reports 15,476 people are considered recovered from the 18,981 positive cases, an increase of 183 people from September 21.
The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on September 22 (183) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (475).
Of the 3,302 active cases in North Dakota as of September 22, Burleigh County has 640 cases, the highest in the state. Grand Forks County has 229 active cases and Cass County has 565. Morton County has 254 active cases.
Cass and Grand Forks counties together account for 24 percent of all active COVID-19 cases in the state as of September 22.
Burleigh and Morton counties together account for 27 percent of all active COVID-19 cases as of September 22.
Stark County has 306, Ward County has 199 and Williams County has 232 active cases.
Three counties currently have no active cases of COVID-19 as of September 22: Divide, Sheridan and Slope.
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, 82 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota to date have recovered from the virus.
89 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of September 22, down 3 from September 21. A total of 763 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began. The average hospital stay has been 8 days.
Total Positives To Date
Cass County (4,849 cases) and Grand Forks County (2,119 cases) account for 00 percent of all positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases to date. Cass County alone accounts for 00 percent of all positive cases.
Burleigh County (3,280 cases) and Morton County (1,155 cases) together account for 00 percent of all positive COVID-19 cases to date.
Williams County has 905 total positive cases to date, Stark County has 1,391, Ward County has 961 and Mountrail County has 233.
Other county numbers are available here.
A total of 231,852 unique individual tests have been conducted to date, with 212,871 coming back negative for COVID-19, or roughly an 8 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 (8,055 cases), close contact with exposed individuals (5,941 cases) and household contact (3,016 cases) are the top three reported.
While COVID-19 is seen as a virus that mostly impacts older people, in North Dakota, 61 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.