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Grand Forks County

Last Updated - March 31, 2020 4:00 pm 

Confirmed Cases 3


Call Center Information related to COVID-19:

Altru Health System 
24/7 COVID-19 Screening Hotline
701-780-6358

NDDoH COVID-19 Hotline
7 days/week, 7am-10pm
866-207-2880

GFPH
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
701-787-8100
gfhealth@grandforksgov.com

GFPH Media Contact
Debbie Swanson
701-787-8101

 


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 or sneezes
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.