The North Dakota Department of Health Tuesday morning confirmed 79 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing May 24, bringing the total positives since testing began to 109,713.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 530 as of May 24. That’s down 12 cases from May 23.

Active cases haven’t been this low since July 8, 2020, when 509 active cases were reported.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,434. They declined to 594 on February 28 of this year, but then began rising once more. They peaked again on April 1 at 1,253 cases, but have been declining since then.

Since May 1, the number of active COVID-19 cases across the state has dropped roughly 47 percent, going from 995 on May 1 to 530 on May 24.

Of the new positives on May 24:

  • 17 were in Cass County
  • 11 were in Williams County
  • 8 were in Grand Forks County
  • 7 were in Burleigh County
  • 7 were in Ward County
  • 4 were in Morton County
  • 3 were in Stark County


No new deaths were reported. The North Dakota Department of Health says it no longer publicly provides COVID-19 death information by sex, age and location.

A total of 1,507 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,239 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 260 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 8 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 107,676 people are considered recovered from the 109,713 positive cases, an increase of 82 from May 23.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on May 24 (82) is higher than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (79).


42 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of May 24, up 1 from May 23. A total of 4,261people have been hospitalized since pandemic record-keeping began in March 2020.

Other Data

Since tracking began, COVID-19 cases have been reported at one time or another in all 53 of North Dakota’s counties.

Those in the 20 to 29 year age range have the most positive cases among those tested to date.

According to the data, 58 percent of all North Dakotans have been tested for COVID-19.

The results listed today 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.