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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 3-30-20

Post Date:03/31/2020


Latest WHO Update:

  • As of Monday, March 30, 2020
    • Worldwide total cases: 693,224
    • Worldwide total deaths: 33,106
    • Countries with cases: 202

Latest CDC Update:

  • As of Monday, March 30, 2020:
    • U.S. total cases: 140,904
      • Travel Related: 886
      • Close Contact: 2,351
      • Under Investigation: 137,667
    • U.S. states reporting: 50 (also D.C., P.R., Guam, and V.I.)
    • U.S. total deaths: 2,405

      Current Situation in North Dakota:

  • As of Monday, March 30, 2020:
    • Confirmed cases: 109
    • Total Tested: 3909
    • Total Hospitalized: 19
    • Total Recovered: 20
    • Total Deaths: 3


      GFPH Update



  • First cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Grand Forks County
    • 1 male and 1 female, both in their 30’s
  • 3rd death related to COVID-19 confirmed in North Dakota
  • Staff attended Local Public Health Unit (LPHU) Administrator’s meeting
    • Focus was on contract tracing requirements
      • Concerns regarding the availability of personnel to perform contact tracing in rural areas
  • Grand Forks Public Health (GFPH) facilitated Daily Check-In with Pembina County Public Health, Walsh County Health District, and Nelson-Griggs District Health
    • These meetings will act as strategic and informational sessions to support response activities and planning throughout the Northeast Public Health Region
  • Staff attended State of North Dakota Joint Information Center (JIC) meeting
    • Focus was on combatting misinformation and broadening focus outside of health departments
  • Special meeting of the GFPH Crisis Communication Team was convened
    • Crafted and coordinated press release for first confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Army Corps of Engineers is exploring options for opening alternate care sites in Bismarck and Fargo
    • Consideration is also being given to the University of North Dakota as an alternate care site to support Altru
  • Director of Public Health participated in a virtual news conference with the Mayor of Grand Forks, the City of Grand Forks Administrator, and Dr. Deere from Altru
    • Focus was on the first confirmed cases in Grand Forks County
      • Further guidance presented regarding quarantine directives for returning travelers
  • GFPH currently has 9 personnel trained to conduct contact tracing
    • There is potential to have 8 additional personnel trained by 03/31
      • North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has requested the names of all trained personnel





  • 3 hotels have been identified for use as possible quarantine locations
  • Special meeting of Grand Forks City Council occurring tonight
    • Director of Public Health will give a presentation regarding current scope of the state and local impacts and GFPH response efforts


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