FARGO — Nine more senior care facilities in North Dakota are reporting their first cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff, including one here and five others in the eastern half of the state.

Good Samaritan Society, a skilled care, rehabilitation and senior living center at 4502 37th Ave. S. in Fargo, reported a single case of COVID-19 in a Thursday, May 21, update on the North Dakota Department of Health website.

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Other facilities reporting the presence of COVID-19 for the first time are Luther Memorial Home in Mayville with 20 cases, Benedictine Living Community in Wahpeton with two cases, St. Gerard's Community of Care in Hankinson with two cases, along with Beverly Anne Assisted Living Center and Parkside Lutheran Home, both in Lisbon, each reporting one case.

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On the western side of the state, Elm Crest Manor in New Salem has nine cases, Strasburg Care Center in Strasburg reports five cases and The View in Minot has one case, according to NDDOH.

A total of 63 of the state's 218 nursing homes or assisted living facilities have had to deal with the novel coronavirus. Total cases of COVID-19 in those long-term care centers statewide hit 444 on Thursday, up 18 from the previous day.

In Minnesota, nearly 210 long-term care centers are reporting COVID-19 exposures, according to the state department of health.

The state does not report a running total of cases in those centers.

However, the department of health said 663 of the state's 809 COVID-19 deaths as of Thursday occurred in residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Residents of those facilities are considered most at risk for dying of COVID-19 because of their advanced age, underlying health conditions and shared living spaces.

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