COVID-19 testing event scheduled June 25 north of Hillsboro

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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020 6:18 am

By COLE SHORT

Traill District Health and Steele County Public Health will be conducting an outdoor drive-up COVID-19 testing event from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 near Hillsboro.

The event will be held at the north piling station at American Crystal Sugar along Highway 81 north of Hillsboro.

The North Dakota Department of Health reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, although none of those cases stemmed from Traill County.

Fifteen cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county since state health officials began tracking the virus earlier this year.

Across North Dakota, the number of total cases rose from 3,124 on Tuesday to 3,166 on Wednesday, an increase of 33 people.

Health officials announced 36 individuals had recovered from the virus Wednesday, bringing the total number of recovered patients in the state to 2,756.

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

“Although positive test cases aren’t very high in Traill County, we’re still seeing sporadic cases,” Brenda Stallman, Traill District Health Unit director, said in a release.

“We encourage close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and anyone who has experienced symptoms or thinks they may have been exposed to the virus to get tested.”

Members of the general public are encouraged to get tested during the June 25 testing event near Hillsboro, Stallman said.

Preregistration (https://testreg.nd.gov) is encouraged but not required. There is no charge to be tested and insurance is not required.

Individuals who are tested will be notified of their results by phone within two to four days regardless if they test positive.

All participants must be at least 12 years old unless they are members of a family that has had close contacts with a COVID-19 carrier.

Proof of residency and employment are not required. 

Stallman estimated testing will take about 15 minutes and will include using oral swabs until supplies are depleted.

Nasal tests will be conducted in the event oral swabs are no longer available.

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