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Digi-Key facility in Fargo reports one positive test for COVID-19

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Digi-Key in Fargo has reported that one employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and other employees may have been exposed.

Management at Digi-Key was notified of the positive test on Thursday, April 16. The employee had last been in the Fargo facility on April 3 and has been in self-quarantine for the past 14 days. Digi-Key worked with public health officials and has identified a “small number” of employees who may have been exposed, from March 30 through April 3. Those employees have been notified and are now following the recommendations of their health care providers. The facility is located at 4206 33rd St. Northwest.

A press release from Digi-Key states that in March, the company put into place protective measures to prevent the spread of the illness. Those measures include sanitizing work stations every two hours with nightly as well, changing face-to-face meetings to video calls, practicing social distancing and prohibiting employees from international and domestic travel. Staff are encouraged to wear face masks and take their temperatures before coming to work.

The company has shifted 2,300 employees to working from home and has added 40 hours of paid time off for employees who work on site. That was done to encourage them to stay home if they felt sick.

The North Dakota Department of Health has identified Cass County as an area with community spread of the illness. As of 11 a.m Friday, 181 cases of coronavirus have been reported in that county.

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Digi-Key’s facilities in Fargo and Thief River Falls remain open.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

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