BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Wednesday, July 1, announced 39 new cases of COVID-19. It's the ninth day in a row active cases have climbed in North Dakota.

There are now 325 residents of the state known to be infected with the illness. North Dakota's pandemic-high number of active cases came May 21, when 669 residents were infected.

The department also reported a man in his 90s from Stark County has died from the illness. The man, who had underlying health issues, represents the third death from COVID-19 in Stark County, which encompasses Dickinson.

The department says 80 North Dakotans have died from the illness, including 66 residents of Cass County. Fifty-six of the deaths have come in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Medical professionals listed COVID-19 as the official cause of death for 69 of the state's victims. Ten were determined to have died primarily because of another condition while infected with COVID-19, and one death record is still pending. The department also notes that nine people not included in the official death count were presumed to have died from COVID-19 but did not test positive while they were alive.

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Fifteen of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. Of the 2,260 residents who once had the illness in the county, only 122 are currently infected.

Nine of the new cases came from Burleigh County, which encompasses Bismarck. The county has the second most known active cases in the state at 76.

Five of the new cases came from Williams County, which includes Williston and has largely avoided the worst of the pandemic. Only 11 cases are active in the county.

The other 10 new cases Wednesday came from Dunn, Grand Forks, Mercer, Stark, Steele, Traill and Walsh counties.

About 1.6% of the 2,505 test results announced Wednesday came back positive.

Gov. Doug Burgum said the state has the capacity to perform 5,000 tests per day, and he has urged residents to seek testing whether they have symptoms or not. In the last two weeks, the state has begun offering free mass testing events in the state's biggest metro areas.

A total of 3,615 North Dakota residents have tested positive, but 3,210 have recovered. There are 20 residents hospitalized with the illness, down five from Tuesday.

The state has announced the results of 184,792 tests, but some residents have been tested more than once.

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