Employee at senior living center in Grand Forks tests positive for COVID-19

The facility stresses that there are "no residents in any Valley Senior Living communities that have confirmed cases of COVID-19."

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An employee at Valley Senior Living in Grand Forks has tested positive for COVID-19.

The facility announced the positive case in a post on its website Tuesday, April 21. The confirmation came at 2:40 p.m., according to the post, and involves an employee who last worked at the facility on Thursday, April 16.

"Upon learning that the employee's household member was being tested for COVID-19 due to an outbreak within their workplace, the Valley employee was placed on paid leave as a precaution," said the post on the Valley Senior Living website. "The household member was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, April 18, and the Valley employee was tested on the subsequent day."

According to the post, the employee was asymptomatic as of Tuesday, April 21.

"We are working to stop and control the spread of COVID-19 at all locations and we are in close communication with the ND Department of Health to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to protect our residents and staff," the facility wrote in the post.


The website also stressed there are "no residents in any Valley Senior Living communities that have confirmed cases of COVID-19, including Valley Senior Living on 42nd and Tufte Manor. There are no other employees that have tested positive for COVID-19 in our communities."

As of Tuesday, Grand Forks County has 143 cases of coronavirus, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. It's the second highest total of all North Dakota counties, trailing only Cass, which has 255 cases. Burleigh County ranks third, with 63 cases.

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