BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health reported a total of 23 new cases of COVID-19 in the state as well as one new death as a result of the illness.

The deceased was a male from Cass County in his 90s. As with all prior deaths in the state, the man had underlying health issues. The total number of North Dakotans who have died with the disease rose to 61.

Twenty new cases emerged in Cass County, bring the total number of active and closed cases in the state's most populous county to 1,705. Nearly 75% of those infected in Cass County have recovered from the illness, while 50 have died.

Burleigh County, Stark County and Traill County each added one new case. Bismarck's Burleigh County stands third in the state with 128 cases, while Dickinson's Stark County ranks fourth with 62. Traill County has documented 13 cases of COVID-19.

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The state conducted 2,084 tests Saturday, with roughly half of tests administered to new individuals. The daily positivity rate was 1.1% while the overall rate is below 3%.

Thirty-six individuals are currently hospitalized with the disease, while two new patients were admitted to hospitals with the illness.

North Dakota documented an increase of 16 individuals who have recovered from the illness. The number of active cases in the state is 557, or 0.073% of the state's population. In Cass County, the number of active cases numbers 423, representing 0.23% of the population.

Those between the ages of 20 to 39 continue to comprise the largest portion of the population who have tested positive for the disease. Forty-two percent of positive tests are from the age group.

Forty-seven deaths in the state have come from long term care facilities. Such facilities are at a heightened risk of serious illness or death from the virus. The Edgewood assisted living facility in Fargo has 18 active cases among residents and 22 among staff, both the highest in the state.

At his Friday, May 29, press briefing North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced he has decreased the state's risk level from moderate to low. The move increases the recommended capacity of bars and restaurants, weddings and banquets and movie theaters.

The recommended number of patrons in bars and restaurants rose to 75% of capacity, up from the 50% previously allowed. Banquets and weddings are recommended to allow 75% of capacity up to 500 guests. Recommended movie theater capacity climbed from 20% to 65%.

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