The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed 5 additional cases of COVID-19 this afternoon, bringing the daily total to 21 and the statewide total to 147.
This afternoon's cases were:
A woman in her 30s from Cass County, under investigation
A male child aged 10-19 in Cass County, under investigation
A man in his 40s from Stark County, close contact
A female child aged 0-9 in Stark County, close contact
A woman in her 30s from McKenzie County, under investigation
Governor Burgum says the peak of cases hitting the state could still be weeks away, so aggressive testing continues to be more and more important. He says North Dakota remains in the top ten states for testing, but work is still being done to further improve the testing infrastructure. He says the message remains the same - stay home, stay healthy, and stay connected.
"Stay connected by keeping your physical distance, but stay connected with your loved ones, with your teachers if you're a student, with your work if you're working from home. This is really what we've been talking about and this is how we slow the spread, and when we slow the spread, we save lives."
Burgum says to date 4,627 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted. There have been 26 hospitalizations, and 39 recoveries.