ND Health Dept: 53 COVID-19 deaths in total; 2,418 positives overall | Prairie Public Broadcasting

ND Health Dept: 53 COVID-19 deaths in total; 2,418 positives overall

May 24, 2020

One more individual has passed away with COVID-19 in North Dakota.

The patient was a man in his 90s from Cass County. He had underlying health conditions. The statewide death toll is now 53.

The lab that processes North Dakota’s COVID-19 tests had a malfunction on two pieces of equipment, which resulted in 82 positive test results being compromised. The state health department is now labeling those test results as inconclusive, and the individuals will be asked to retest out of caution over the next couple of days.

Aside from these issues, 54 new individuals from six counties tested positive for the novel coronavirus out of a pool of 2,414 tests. 42 cases were from Cass County; five were from Richland County; Burleigh, Grand Forks, and Walsh Counties all reported two new cases. There was one new case in Traill County.

The daily positive rate was 2.2 percent.

To date, 82,460 tests have been completed. 65,488 unique individuals have been tested. 2,418 unique individuals have tested positive overall.

40 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, while 152 people have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.

There have been 1,496 recoveries. That leaves 869 active confirmed cases.