The North Dakota Department of Health Thursday morning confirmed 40 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing May 26, bringing the total positives since testing began to 109,820.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 508 as of May 26. That’s down 25 cases from May 25.

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 10,431. They declined to 593 on February 28 of this year, but then began rising once more. They peaked again on April 1 at 1,251 cases, but have been declining since then.

Since May 1, the number of active COVID-19 cases across the state has dropped roughly 51 percent, going from 995 on May 1 to 508 on May 26.

Of the new positives on May 26:

  • 8 were in Cass County
  • 7 were in Ward County
  • 7 were in Williams County
  • 3 were in Burleigh County
  • 2 were in Morton County
  • 1 was in Stark County
  • 0 were in Grand Forks County


One new death was 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 1,510 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,241 are directly attributable to COVID-19 according to official death records. Another 262 deaths are where COVID-19 is not the primary cause of death. A total of 7 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 107,802 people are considered recovered from the 109,820 positive cases, an increase of 64 from May 25.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on May 26 (64) is higher than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (40).


44 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of May 26, up 6 from May 25. A total of 4,277 people 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.