2 deaths, 119 new COVID-19 cases in ND; active cases statewide are 693

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The North Dakota Department of Health Wednesday morning confirmed 119 new cases of COVID-19 in the state during testing May 18, bringing the total positives since testing began to 109,362.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 693 as of May 18. That’s up 1 case from May 17.

Active positives peaked on November 13, 2020, at 10,435. They declined to 592 on February 28 but then began rising once more.

Of the new positives:

  • 18 were in Ward County
  • 17 were in Cass County
  • 17 were in Williams County
  • 16 were in Burleigh County
  • 9 was in Stark County
  • 8 were in Grand Forks County
  • 0 were in Morton County


Two new deaths 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 1,506 people have died so far in North Dakota as a result of COVID-19.

Of those, 1,236 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 10 death records are pending.

Recoveries and Active Cases

The health department reports 107,163 people are considered recovered from the 109,362 positive cases, an increase of 99 from May 17.

The number of people reported recovered from COVID-19 on May 18 (99) is lower than the number of new COVID-19 cases reported that day (119).


29 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of May 17, up 5 from May 17. A total of 4,227 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, 57 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.

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