BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, June 25, announced 32 new cases of COVID-19 across the state.

Seven of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. The county now has had 2,171 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 is a dramatic drop from nearly 75% at the beginning of the month.

Seven of the new cases came from Grand Forks County. The county has seen a drop-off in cases since April and now has 26 active cases. Four of the new cases came from Ward County, which includes Minot.

The other 14 new cases Thursday came from Burleigh, McKenzie, Morton, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Stark, Walsh 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.

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Medical professionals listed COVID-19 as the official cause of death for 67 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 3,000 test results Thursday. 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 testing event at the Fargodome due to go until 6 p.m. was closed for the rest of the day around mid-afternoon Thursday due to a shortage of capacity at the state lab in Bismarck, according to Fargo Cass Public Health. Testing at the site will resume Friday morning at 10 a.m.

A total of 3,393 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,064 have recovered. There are 25 residents hospitalized with the illness, down two from Wednesday.

The state has announced the results of 165,430 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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