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North Dakota sees 125 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

January 9, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota reported an additional 125 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the state’s total number of individuals who have tested positive for the virus to 94,558 since the pandemic began.

The state reported zero new deaths on Saturday, leaving the death toll at 1,352. Seventy-six people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday — nine fewer than a day earlier.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in North Dakota has remained mostly constant, at around 238 per day. The state ranks 48th in the country for new cases per capita, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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The new figures come a day after the state eased capacity restrictions on businesses and lowered its statewide risk assessment from high risk to moderate risk.

The state had initially raised its risk assessment in early November, as cases of COVID-19 were surging. The rapid rise in cases began to slow down after Gov. Doug Burgum implemented a statewide mask mandate and some business restrictions. While some people credit those measures for the decline, others say they infringed on personal freedom, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The statewide mask mandate expires Jan. 18.