BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, July 6, announced 33 new cases of COVID-19. Active cases in North Dakota have now risen or maintained every day of the past two weeks.
There are now 419 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness — a nearly 95% increase from June 22. North Dakota's pandemic-high number of active cases came May 21, when 670 residents were infected.
About 2.7% of the 1,238 test results announced Monday came back positive. Weekends and holidays usually produce low testing days like the one reported Monday.
Seventeen of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. Of the 2,351 residents who once had the illness in the county, only 123 are currently infected.
Six of the new cases came from Burleigh County, which encompasses Bismarck. The county has the second most known active cases in the state at 120 and has been growing as a hotspot for the illness over the last several weeks.
The other 10 new cases Monday came from Barnes, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Ransom, Steele, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh counties.
The department says 80 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 determined that COVID-19 was a cause of death for nine people who were never tested for the illness while they were alive. The nine North Dakotans, including seven Cass County residents, are not included in the state's official death count.
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. The state has put on free mass testing events in the state's biggest metro areas for about a month.
A total of 3,849 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,350 have recovered. There are 22 residents hospitalized with the illness.
The state has announced the results of 202,533 tests, but some residents have been tested more than once.
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