BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday, June 1, announced 48 new cases of COVID-19, most of which come from the state's hotspot and largest metro area.
Forty of the new cases Monday came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. The county now has had 1,744 known cases, but the department reports more than three-quarters of the infected residents in the county have recovered. About 72% of the currently infected North Dakotans reside in Cass County.
The other eight new cases Monday came from Barnes, Burleigh, Grand Forks, Ransom, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh counties. The two new cases in Grand Forks County bring the number of currently infected residents up to 33.
A total of 2,625 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but nearly four in five have recovered from the illness, including over 100 announced Monday. There are 35 residents hospitalized with the illness, down one from Sunday.
Sixty-one North Dakotans, including 50 residents of Cass County, have died from the illness that has claimed more than 106,000 lives nationwide.
Fifty-seven residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are currently infected with the virus, including 16 at Edgewood Fargo. More than three-quarters of the deaths in the state have occurred in residents of nursing homes, which are seen as particularly susceptible to devastating outbreaks.
Political leaders across the country have suggested that another spike in cases could be coming to American metro areas in which protesters gathered en masse to condemn police brutality. Rallies held in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot and Grand Forks drew hundreds of demonstrators over the weekend, and social distancing guidelines were not widely practiced.
The state announced nearly 2,400 test results Monday, far below Gov. Doug Burgum's stated goal to perform 4,000 tests per day by the end of May. Still, North Dakota ranks among the top states in the country in testing per capita and weekends often produce lower testing numbers.
Almost half of the people in the latest batch had previously been tested for the virus. Burgum said the state is performing regular testing of those living and working in nursing homes.
A total of 97,111 tests have been performed, but some residents have been tested more than once.
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