BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Saturday, June 27, announced 38 additional people have tested positive for COVID-19, with Cass and Burleigh counties combining for 23 of the cases.

Following Friday's report of a record 4,411 tests, the department announced another 4,163 tests Saturday, bringing the total tests to 173,999. The number of active cases is up to 261, which is 17 more than Friday, while 3,458 have tested positive for the virus in the state.

More free testing was available to the public throughout the state to help add to the total tests. Bismarck hosted free testing Wednesday, while Fargo had another round of testing Thursday-Friday in the Fargodome parking lot. Minot also held a drive-by testing event Friday.

Of the new cases, 12 came from Cass County, bringing the county total to 2,163 total cases, while Burleigh County added to its total by 11, totaling 234 cases. Morton County added four new cases, Grand Forks County another three cases and LaMoure County added two cases. Barnes, Ransom, Sioux, Traill, Walsh and Ward counties all added one new case.

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In addition, it was the fourth-straight day no new deaths were reported for a virus that has claimed 78 North Dakotans, according to the department, and over 125,000 lives nationwide.

Twenty-three patients remain hospitalized, while 225 people total have been hospitalized. An added 29 people have recovered, with over 3,119 overcoming the disease. While most cases come from individuals aged 20-40, most hospitalizations have come from older adults. Of the 179 total cases adults 80 years or older, 42 of them have been hospitalized, compared to just 42 hospitalizations from the nearly 1,500 cases involving adults 20-40.

Long term care facilities continue to be the main focus for potential outbreaks and likelihood of death. Nursing homes are more susceptible to deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 due to the amount of elderly with underlying health conditions. Of the 78 victims in the state, 56 of them have come from people within long term care.

Thirty-three active cases remain within long term care facilities, however 24 of them are staff, while just nine are residents.

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