By Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota continued to build on record highs for active cases of the coronavirus and number of hospitalizations, according to state Department of Health figures released Monday.

The update shows that the number of active cases grew by two in the last day, to a total of 3,210. The number of people currently receiving care in medical facilities rose by six, to 87.

Officials reported one new death, a man in his 80s from Rolette County with underlying health conditions. The death toll stands at 193 since the pandemic began.

Of the 3,336 tests processed in the last day, 287 came back positive. The state ranks first in the country for the number of cases per capita in the last two weeks, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

A total of 18,244 people have tested positive for the virus.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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