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Active COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North Dakota

There are now 297 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness. North Dakota's pandemic-high number of active cases came on May 21, when 669 residents were infected.

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3D print of a SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—virus particle. The virus surface (blue) is covered with spike proteins (red) that enable the virus to enter and infect human cells. National Institutes of Health

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, June 29, announced 47 new cases of COVID-19. It's the seventh day in a row active cases have climbed in North Dakota.

There are now 297 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness. North Dakota's pandemic-high number of active cases came on May 21, when 669 residents were infected.

Twenty-six of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. Of the more than 2,233 residents who once had the illness in the county, only 109 are currently infected.

Nine of the new cases came from Burleigh County, which encompasses Bismarck. The county has the second most known active cases in the state at 65.

The other 12 new cases Monday came from Morton, Sioux Grand Forks, Mountrail, Oliver and Ward counties.

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The department says 79 North Dakotans have died from the illness, including 66 residents of Cass County. Fifty-six of the deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Medical professionals listed COVID-19 as the official cause of death for 68 of the state's victims. Eight were determined to have died primarily because of another condition while infected with COVID-19, and three death records are still pending. The department also notes that nine people not included in the official death count were presumed to have died from COVID-19 but did not test positive while they were alive.

The department announced nearly 3,400 test results Monday. Gov. Doug Burgum said the state has the capacity to perform 5,000 tests per day, and he has urged residents to seek testing whether they have symptoms or not. In the last two weeks, the state has begun offering free mass testing events in the state's biggest metro areas.

Health officials announced over the weekend a drive-up testing event set for Tuesday in Grand Forks outside the Alerus Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Dakota residency is not required to receive a test.

A total of 3,539 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,163 have recovered. There are 25 residents hospitalized with the illness, up one from Sunday.

The state has announced the results of 180,588 tests, but some residents have been tested more than once.

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Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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