BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday, June 26, announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 across the state.
North Dakota also passed a milestone Friday in reporting that more 100,000 residents, or about 13% of the population, have been tested for the illness.
Ten of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. The county now has had 2,181 known cases, but the department reports that more than 90% of the residents who once had the illness in the county have recovered. About 36% of the state's currently infected residents live in the county, which marks a dramatic drop from nearly 75% at the beginning of the month.
Six new cases came from Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck. The county has largely avoided the worst of the pandemic but now has the second most infected residents in the state at 47.
Three of the new cases came from Grand Forks County. The county has seen a drop-off in cases since April and now has 28 active cases.
The other 10 new cases Friday came from Hettinger, Morton, Mountrail, Sargent, Sioux, Stark, Stutsman, Ward and Williams counties.
The department says 78 North Dakotans have died from the illness, all but 13 of whom were 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 two 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 more than 4,400 test results Friday. 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.
Over the last month, the state has begun offering regular mass testing events in the state's biggest metro areas. A testing event at the Fargodome is being held Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A total of 3,421 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,090 have recovered. There are 23 residents hospitalized with the illness, down two from Thursday.
The state has announced the results of 169,838 tests, but some residents have been tested more than once. Burgum said the state is performing regular testing of those living and working in nursing homes.
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