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Grand Forks County

Confirmed Cases

Call Center Information related to COVID-19:

Altru Health System 
24/7 COVID-19 Screening Hotline

NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 7am-8pm

Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

GFPH Media Contact
Debbie Swanson



North Dakota Travel Quarantine Orders

Grand Forks Public Health Summary

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. To stay up-to date on information, please refer to CDC who provides information as it becomes available. 

Grand Forks Public Health in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Health and other community health partners are conducting surveillance activities surrounding potential COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The COVID-19 outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of COVID-19 infections in China.

How do people become infected?

COVID-19 is a new disease, and the CDC is still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through:

  • Close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How to avoid infection with COVID-19?

Individuals should practice healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in public areas, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Practice physical distancing; stay at least 6 feet from other other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded spaces.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth when around others and when going out in public.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call your healthcare provider prior to presenting at the health system if you suspect you have been infected with COVID-19.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

GF Public Health Situation Report 3-25-20

Post Date:03/25/2020


Latest WHO Update:

  • As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    • Worldwide total cases: 413,467
    • Worldwide total deaths: 18,433
    • Countries with cases: 196

Latest CDC Update:

  • As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
    • U.S. total cases: 54,453
      • Travel Related: 584
      • Close Contact: 986
      • Under Investigation: 52,883
    • U.S. states reporting: 50 (also D.C., P.R., Guam, and V.I.)
    • U.S. total deaths: 737

      Current Situation in North Dakota:

  • As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
    • Confirmed cases: 45
    • Total Tested: 1955
    • Total Hospitalized: 8
    • Total Deaths: 0
    • Counties Affected: 10 (Ward, Cass, Burleigh, Morton, Walsh, Ramsey, Pierce, Stark, Dunn, Foster)


      GFPH 48-Hour Update


  • Clarification being sought about commonly touched surfaces in relation to refillables, such as beer growlers
    • Food codes cover refilling, but not as they relate to what can be considered commonly touched surfaces
  • Clearer messaging related to social distancing for businesses is necessary
    • Reports of a lack of social distancing in restaurant and retail environments
      • Restaurants are open for take-out, delivery, and curbside pick up
        • Customers coming into restaurants for take-out are finding crowded pick up spaces and lines
      • Retail stores are experiencing long lines as well as crowding in certain areas of the store where social distancing is not being practiced
  • Requests for fit testing continue
    • There are only two fit testing machines available for the region
      • Each time quantitative fit testing occurs, an N95 is destroyed
      • Priority will be given to those with greatest need
        • Not all staff will be fit tested at each location, only those staff who will have direct contact with sick individuals
  • Grand Forks Public Health (GFPH) continues to consider and prepare for implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS) in its ongoing response to COVID-19
    • Key roles have been identified and key personnel assigned
      • Secondary personnel have been assigned for key roles for contingency planning purposes
  • Staff attended the Local Public Health Unit (LPHU) Administrators meeting
  • Staff attended the State of North Dakota Joint Information Center meeting
  • GFPH held its monthly staff meeting to update all staff on preparedness and response activities
    • This meeting was held via Zoom as all staff are required to work from home to encourage social distancing and help to flatten the curve







  • GFPH is formally operating under ICS
  • Migrant workers are returning to area and concerns are about their awareness and compliance with social distancing guidance, any necessary quarantine times, and communal living situations are being considered
    • Guidance provided to sponsoring producer by Agriculture Commissioner
  • Mayor of Larimore requested assistance with messaging for senior citizen population to encourage social distancing
    • Completed
  • Flooding preparation continues
    • Response concerns include social distancing necessities
      • Exploring sheltering options that can fulfill both needs: social distancing and adequate flood response
  • Staff attended LPHU Administrators meeting
    • Focus on contact investigations and fit testing
  • Work continues towards training staff for contact investigations
    • NDDoH has expressed a goal of training 1400 personnel statewide
  • Altru is exploring options for transportation for those who require testing but do not have access to transportation
    • GFPH will not be providing transportation at this time
  • Messaging was sent to local food establishments regarding social distancing
    • Future messaging concerns includes “physical” distancing and working from home
  • Grand Forks Air Force Base has now closed their fitness center and will be releasing more guidance to active duty members regarding exceptions to appearance standards (i.e., haircuts) as well as future capabilities, limitations, and base access
  • Governor of Minnesota has issued a shelter in place order
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