BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, June 24, announced 42 new cases of COVID-19.

Eighteen of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. The county now has had 2,165 known cases, but the department reports that more than 90% of the residents who once had the illness in the county have recovered. About 38% of the state's currently infected residents live in the county, which is a dramatic drop from nearly 75% at the beginning of the month.

Twelve of the new cases came from Burleigh County, which encompasses Bismarck. The county has largely avoided the worst of the pandemic but now has the second most active cases in the state at 46.

The other 12 new cases Wednesday came from Grand Forks, McKenzie, Morton, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Sioux and Walsh 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 66 of the state's victims. Eight were determined to have died primarily because of another condition while infected with COVID-19, and four death records are still pending. The department also notes that eight 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 3,945 test results Wednesday, but a technical issue meant some results due to be put out Tuesday were delayed until Wednesday.

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 regular mass testing events in the state's biggest metro areas.

A total of 3,362 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,044 have recovered. There are 27 residents hospitalized with the illness, down one from Tuesday.

The state has announced the results of 162,468 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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