Grand Forks County
Call Center Information related to COVID-19:
NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 7am-8pm
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.
Mayor Brown Statement on COVID-19 Cases in GF County
Grand Forks, ND - Statement from Grand Forks Mayor Micheal R. Brown regarding GF County having its first positive tests for COVID-19.
“Based on the magnitude of tests that have been run in Grand Forks County over the past few weeks we are not surprised today to have a positive Covid-19 case in Grand Forks County.
If you had any doubts about the presence here, they should be gone. We will continue to act with facts not fear as Governor Burgum has repeatedly said, and we will underscore the key message: Practice physical distancing, stay home, slow the spread.
Now, more than ever, we need to stress the importance of a community health focus. We ask that everyone follow the CDC guidelines on physical distancing. In addition to staying home, practice enhanced personal hygiene and monitor your own health for symptoms as much as possible to minimize the transmission of this virus and to protect our families and our community.
I am so proud of the work of our public health professionals who have been planning and preparing to stand ready to mitigate the health impact on our community.
From the City perspective, we continue to commit to delivering core services including public safety and public works. We will continue to communicate and coordinate with these professionals and to make sure we are providing clear, accurate and timely information to you during these challenging times.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19: cough, fever or finding it difficult to breathe, call ahead to the Altru COVID-19 Hotline at (701)780-6358.
We are in this together and will get through this together.
Stay Home. Slow the Spread.”