COVID-19 mass-testing event held Thursday near Hillsboro

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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2020 6:34 am | Updated: 7:22 am, Fri Jun 26, 2020.

Public health officials from Traill and Steele counties led a drive-up COVID-19 testing event Thursday north of Hillsboro.

The event at the north piling station at American Crystal Sugar marked the third time this spring that local health officials have conducted a mass testing for the public.

Brenda Stallman, director of Traill District Health Unit, said more than 240 tests were conducted in Mayville and 170 tests performed in Hope, N.D., earlier this spring.

Those mass-testing events yielded one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mayville that stemmed from a retest of a Cass County resident found to have the virus.

Stallman said Thursday that Traill County has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in roughly two weeks.

“Positive rates seem to have dropped quite a bit in Fargo and other communities,” Stallman said. “People are feeling secure that maybe the virus isn’t as prevalent … but it is spiking in other states, so it remains to be seen what will happen here.”

The North Dakota Department of Health reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday while announcing 20 individuals had recovered from the virus.

Fourteen of those new positive cases came from residents in Grand Forks and Cass counties bordering Traill County.

Across North Dakota, 3,393 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since state health officials began tracking the virus.

Seventy-eight deaths in North Dakota have been attributed to COVID-19 this year.

Stallman urged residents in Traill County to remain vigilant and to continue taking precautions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

“We are getting more comfortable with coming and going and thinking perhaps it’s behind us when we know it’s not,” she said.

“We’re seeing spikes in other states and the predictions are that things could get tough this fall and winter. We need to continue being cautious and wear masks, wash hands, social distance and stay home when we are sick.”

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