40-year-old Fargo-area woman dies of COVID-19 as technology problem delays test results

Earlier in the day, the department reported seven cases with only about 300 test results, but Governor Doug Burgum later updated the daily figures at his press conference Tuesday afternoon. Department spokeswoman Nicole Peske said a technical problem with the Electronic Laboratory Reporting System meant that some results due to be announced Tuesday did not make it to the day’s report. Peske said the software problem has been resolved.

Three of the new cases came from Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo. The county has now had 2,146 known cases, but the department reports that more than 90% of residents who have ever had the disease in the county have recovered.

Four other new cases came Tuesday from Foster, Cavalier, Renville and Ward counties. It is unknown where the four additional cases announced by Burgum originated.

The department also announced the death of a Cass County woman in her 40s from the disease. The woman is the fourth victim of the state under the age of 50.

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Like almost any other victim of the disease, the department said the woman had underlying health problems. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA They say that older adults and people with HIV, diabetes, asthma, liver disease, or other conditions that compromise the immune system are at increased risk for serious disease or death from COVID-19.

The department says 78 North Dakotans have died from the disease, all but 13 of whom were Cass County residents. Fifty-six of the deaths occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Medical professionals named COVID-19 as the official cause of death for 67 of the state’s victims. Eight were found to have died primarily from another condition while infected with COVID-19, and three death records are still pending. The department also notes that six people not included in the official death count were supposed to have died from COVID-19, but did not test positive while living.

A total of 3,320 North Dakota residents tested positive, but 3,008 recovered. There are 28 residents hospitalized with the disease, three fewer than Monday.

The state has announced the results of 158,526 tests, but some residents have been evaluated more than once. Burgum said the state regularly tests people who live and work in nursing homes.

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