North Dakota COVID-19 numbers highest since mid-December

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are confirming 520 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest reported daily total since mid-December.

Officials say the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is due to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by nearly 129%.

Johns Hopkins University researchers say one in every 519 people in North Dakota tested positive in the past week.

The cases posted Tuesday were the most since 575 tests came back positive on Dec. 10, 2020.

The update came a day after a small group of North Dakota State University students marched around campus to protest a university rule that requires masks to be worn in classes and hallways.

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