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North Dakota COVID-19 deaths at 136; active cases set record

August 23, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state Department of Health on Sunday reported the death of one additional person with COVID-19, bringing the statewide death toll to 136.

The department reported 140 new COVID-19 cases in 16 counties, raising the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to 9,876. Active cases rose by 43 cases to 1,676, a new daily high for the state.

The death reported Sunday was a Rolette County man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions.

The new cases included 28 in Burleigh County and eight in neighboring Morton County. The region has developed into a hot spot with the reopening of the economy, increased gatherings of people and more public testing.

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There have been more than 8,000 recoveries in North Dakota since mid-March. There were 52 people still in the hospital Sunday, down one from the previous day.