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Low numbers for virus tests, new cases and hospitalizations

March 15, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials on Monday reported fewer than 700 new COVID-19 tests in the last day, with 25 turning out positive.

Testing numbers were typically low for the weekend, when about 2,350 screenings were processed. There are regularly more than 7,000 tests reported on a weekday.

The update raised the total number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 101,001. The number of fatalities remained unchanged at 1,457. Officials say 15 people are hospitalized with the virus, the lowest total since early last summer.

There were about 153 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks 41st in the country for new cases per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. One in every 1,299 people in the state tested positive in the past week.

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The rolling average number of daily new cases over the last two weeks has increased by 10%, researchers said.