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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

Public Health COVID-19 Situation Report 3-30-20

Post Date:03/31/2020

Overview

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

       

      03/30

  • 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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