Grand Forks Public Health Department and the City of Grand Forks continue to monitor the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community.  As a result of this, Grand Forks Public Health, with assistance from state and regional partners, will conduct another private COVID-19 testing event on Thursday, April 23, 2020.  This private testing event is for JR Simplot employees and close contacts of positive cases of LM Wind Power who are been pre-identified by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  The drive through testing event will be at the Alerus Center from Noon – 5 pm.  Only those who are contacted by Grand Forks Public Health, NDDoH, or JR Simplot should show up for testing.

While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at JR Simplot, their large workforce provides an opportunity to determine the extent of community spread among people without symptoms.

Basic prevention measures to slow community spread remain the same:

  • practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others
  • practice good hygiene; wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • disinfect frequently used items and surfaces
  • stay home if you are sick and avoid others if they are sick

For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days/week or Grand Forks Public Health at 701-787-8100, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Individuals experiencing a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, can call Altru’s 24/7 screening hotline at 701-780-6358, or call your healthcare provider prior to going to the healthcare facility.