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Grand Forks County

Last Updated - May 25, 2020 11:00 am 

Confirmed Cases 325

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.

Public Health COVID-19 Situation Report 3-27-20

Post Date:03/27/2020


Latest WHO Update:

  • As of Friday, March 27, 2020
    • Worldwide total cases: 512,701
    • Worldwide total deaths: 23,495
    • Countries with cases: 201

Latest CDC Update:

  • As of Friday, March 27, 2020:
    • U.S. total cases: 85,356
      • Travel Related: 712
      • Close Contact: 1,326
      • Under Investigation: 83,318
    • U.S. states reporting: 50 (also D.C., P.R., Guam, and V.I.)
    • U.S. total deaths: 1,246


    Current Situation in North Dakota:

  • As of Friday, March 27, 2020:
    • Confirmed cases: 68
    • Total Tested: 2708
    • Total Hospitalized: 16
    • Total Recovered: 15
    • Total Deaths: 1


      GFPH 48-Hour Update


  • Local Public Health Unit (LPHU) Administrator meeting cancelled
  • Staff attended State of North Dakota Joint Information Center (JIC) meeting
    • Messaging is being considered for those returning from vacation or with seasonal change
    • Working on providing better guidance for families who have a member awaiting test results
  • Grand Forks Public Health (GFPH) hosted a COVID-19 Preparedness Partners Meeting
    • Attendees included: Altru, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks Emergency Management, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks Rural Schools, Holy Family St. Mary’s School, City of Grand Forks Parks and Recreation, City of Grand Forks Public Information Office, City of Grand Forks Administrator, LPHUs, and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Epidemiologist
    • Meeting focused on preparedness/response and communication
      • Highlights included Grand Forks Public Schools successes with curbside pickup of school materials and technology, Grand Forks Air Force Base elevating their Health Protection Condition from HPCON-B to HPCON-C, and Altru implementing tighter visitor restrictions
      • Coronavirus Hotline Information shared
        • NDDoH Public Hotline: 866-207-2880
        • NDDoH Long-Term Care Hotline: 877-460-0890
        • NDDoH Provider Hotline: 888-391-3430
        • Altru COVID-19 Line: 707-780-6358
        • GFPH Line: 701-787-8100
      • Special Meeting of City Council on Monday
      • Virtual City Leadership News Conferences will now be held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:15 p.m.
  • Board of Health members are requesting a meeting with GFPH
    • There are notification requirements for the public
      • Public must be able to attend any meeting of the Board of Health
      • Exploring options to facilitate this request





  • GFPH Logistics Section held an orientation meeting
    • Convened by Logistics Section Chief
      • Provided general overview of the role of the Logistics section in public health emergency response operations
  • Operational periods are being considered and will soon be determined
    • Once established, Incident Action Plans will be produced with each operational period
  • Preparing for contact tracing is ongoing
    • Fillable forms have been created for investigations



  • Daily meetings will now occur between GFPH, Pembina County Public Health, Nelson/Griggs District Health, and Walsh County Health District
  • GFPH facilitated a meeting with Emergency Management, Altru, and the University of North Dakota
    • Meeting focused on outreach to at-risk and vulnerable populations
      • Consideration was given to triaging and direct communication
    • A second focus was mass casualty preparedness
      • GFPH Emergency Preparedness and Response staff member is part of the State of North Dakota Disaster Mortuary team
      • Planning for body storage is ongoing
  • Staff attended LPHU Administrator meeting
    • Issues with interfacing with NDDoH regarding contact tracing
      • Special concerns about contact tracing ability in rural areas
    • Mass fatality planning is occurring throughout the state
  • Staff attended State of North Dakota JIC meeting
    • Graphic has been released directing people to quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days upon returning from travel
  • GFPH Operations Section reports that contact tracing preparations continue
    • Work is being done to ensure infrastructure and logistics are in place
      • 5 staff are completely trained and ready to begin
  • Director of Public Health contributed to the City Leadership Virtual Press Conference
    • Question about COVID-19 in relation to those exposed to second-hand smoke
      • GFPH Tobacco Cessation team following up
  • Governor amended Executive Order broadening business closures
    • Salons (hair, nails, tanning, etc.), massage therapists, tattoo parlors are now included
  • First death related to COVID-19 reported in North Dakota
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