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COVID-19 RESPONSE

The City of Grand Forks is actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. For up to date info from the City regarding COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 CITY UPDATES page. For those looking for assistance in this difficult time visit our COVID-19 RESOURCES page. City offices are closed to the public but open for business. Find out more at our VIRTUAL CITY HALL

COVID-19 City Updates

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It is our responsibility to prioritize the health of Grand Forks’ residents and employees. We are working with partner agencies including the State Department of Health , Grand Forks Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control

In our efforts to flatten the curve or slow the spread of COVID-19, we are taking precautionary and protective steps. Our objective is to minimize the health impact to our community and its residents and we want everyone to be aware of and understand our actions. 

Below are the Mayor’s emergency and administrative actions and updates regarding City operations.

  • City facilities with the exception of Municipal Court are closed to the public. City services can still be accessed through our Virtual City Hall. These closures include the Alerus Center, Grand Forks Public Library and the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

  • The Mayor has issued a Declaration of Health Emergency to activate necessary powers and resources to respond to this event. 

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 contact your healthcare provider or call Altru 24/7 COVID-19 Screening Hotline at (701) 780-6358.

The City of Grand Forks will be giving updates on the COVID-19 response in our community.  The most recent updates will be at the top of the list.  For information about COVID-19 in our area and our local Public Health response, CLICK HERE.

CITY COUNCIL COVID-19 UPDATE

GF Public Health Situation Report 3-25-20

Post Date:03/25/2020

Overview

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

      03/24

  • 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

       

       

       

       

       

      03/25

  • 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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