New batch of positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases includes boy under 10
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New batch of positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases includes boy under 10

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FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota health officials on Thursday reported seven new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including one boy from McIntosh County under the age of 10.

The other cases include three people in their 20s, one in their 30s and two in their 80s. Two of the patients were hospitalized, raising the total number of people in medical facilities to 10.

It's not clear how the child contracted the virus.

The state has tested 2,091 people, 52 of whom were confirmed to have COVID-19. There have been 136 people tested since Wednesday afternoon.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Wednesday he has formed a testing task force that includes private entities, with hopes of doubling the number of daily assessments. Burgum said the numbers "are still climbing" and will increase with the amount of testing.

The state has restricted restaurants and bars to delivery and takeout service and has closed several recreational businesses like health clubs and movie theaters. Many businesses have shut down on their own. The governor has not issued a shelter-in-place order.

The governor's coronavirus team has scheduled a meeting Thursday morning to discuss emergency business financing.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. There have been no deaths reported in North Dakota.

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