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.


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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