BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported an additional 37 cases of COVID-19 in the state as well as one new death on Sunday, June 21.
The deceased was a Stutsman County man in his 60s with underlying health conditions. The state has reported a total of 77 deaths due to the illness and all deaths have involved individuals with underlying health conditions.
Sixty-five deaths list COVID-19 as the primary cause of death, while the remaining deaths are pending records or do not list COVID-19 as the primary cause. Additionally, the state has reported six fatalities of residents who were presumed positive but were not tested.
The state announced a total of 3,933 tests to cap a strong week of testing. After Gov. Doug Burgum put out an open call for North Dakotans to get tested, the state hosted mass public testing in Fargo, Bismarck and Minot. The state processed over 4,000 tests on Wednesday and Thursday and over 3,900 Friday. The state is capable of conducting 5,000 daily tests, Burgum said.
Cass County added a total of 20 new cases, while Burleigh County recorded six new cases. Barnes, Ransom and Stutsman counties tallied two new cases, while Griggs, LaMoure, Rolette, Stark and Ward counties each recorded one new case. Five North Dakota counties do not have any known cases of COVID-19.
Active cases have continued to decline since reaching a peak of 669 on Thursday, May 21. Active cases briefly spiked during the first week of June before reaching its current mark of 301. Health officials and members of the Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force stated Friday that the May 21 high marked the virus's first wave peak in North Dakota but anticipate a second wave in the fall.
Cass County is home to 45% of all active cases of COVID-19 in the state. In the state's most populous county, 0.07% of residents have a known active case. Statewide, active cases account for 0.04% of the population.
Across the state, active cases among long-term care facility residents and employees have dropped sharply, though 56 of the state's deaths from the illness have taken place at long-term care facilities.
There are 10 active cases among residents, though no facility has more than one resident case. Employees of long-term care facilities account for 21 active cases. Valley Senior Living on Columbia in Grand Forks has reported four active cases among staff, which leads the state.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 2,215,618 total cases of COVID-19 and 119,055 deaths.
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