The North Dakota Department of Health Tuesday morning has confirmed 7 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing June 22, bringing the statewide total to 3,320.
It’s the fewest number of new cases since March 24, when 6 new cases of COVID-19 were reported.
However, the health department only processed 100 unique tests on June 21, down from the much higher testing numbers in the past, which may explain the low number of positives for the day.
1 new death was reported, a woman in her 40s from Cass County.
A total of 78 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.
Of those, 67 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 8 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. Three death records are pending.
The health department reports 3,008 people are considered recovered from the 3,320 positive cases, an increase of 56 people from June 21.
This means there are actually 234 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of June 22. This number has been decreasing over the past month from a high of 687 on May 23.
It’s the lowest number of active cases since April 16, when 208 were reported.
It also means 91 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota to date have recovered from the virus.
The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on June 22 (56) is higher than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (7).
28 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of June 22, down 3 from June 21. A total of 218 hospitalizations have been reported since data tracking began.
Only 5 North Dakota counties have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time: Adams, Hettinger, Golden Valley, Logan and Towner.
Cass County (2,146 cases) and Grand Forks County (365 cases) account for 76 percent of all positive North Dakota COVID-19 cases to date. Cass County alone accounts for 65 percent of all positive cases.
Burleigh County is a distant third with 202.
Morton County is fourth with 70 cases.
Stark County is fifth with 68 cases.
Stutsman County has 62 cases, Ward County has 54 cases and Mountrail County has 43 cases.
A total of 97,533 unique individual tests have been conducted to date, with 94,233 coming back negative for COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 being spread in the state? Community spread (1,220 cases), close contact with exposed individuals (1,197 cases) and household contact (671 cases) are the top three reported.
While COVID-19 is seen as a virus that mostly impacts older people, in North Dakota, 57 percent of those testing positive for the virus are under 40. However, those who have been hospitalized by COVID-19 are predominantly 50 and older, and those who have died are 50 and older.
The health department is releasing test results daily around 11:00 a.m. The results cover all testing performed the previous day.
You can read more on the daily statistics as well as other COVID-19 information and resources at the North Dakota Department of Health website here.