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North Dakota's statewide COVID-19 total climbs to 45

Nine additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health today, bringing the statewide total to 45.

The patients include - A Foster County man in his 50s, a Ramsey County man in his 60s, a Morton County man in his 30s, two men and a woman in their 50s from Cass County, a Ramsey County woman in her 70s, a Stark County woman in her 30s and a Stark County woman in her 60s.

Ten out of North Dakota's 53 counties have confirmed cases. Patients in 50 counties have been tested.

Governor Doug Burgum says as the virus accelerates in other developed countries and here in the United States, it can be easy to feel blessed in North Dakota with its fewer counts. But he says now is not the time to be complacent.

"This virus is non-discriminitory, and perhaps this will help us understand in terms of humanity that we are more alike than different - that we all regardless of country or political system, race, creed or religion - this virus has the potential to attach itself to and create health issues including death for humans."

To date, 1,955 tests have been performed. Eight patients have been hospitalized, and none of those have been released.

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