Community editor Sydney Mook will be reporting on the results of a cluster testing event that will be held at the parking lot of LM Wind Power, beginning at 1 p.m. Nine employees of the company, which employs 900 in Grand Forks, have tested positive for coronavirus. The North Dakota National Guard will assist with the drive-thru procedure.
Debbie Swanson, director of Grand Forks Public Health, quick action is imperative.
"It starts with the testing," she said of efforts to combat spread of COVID-19. "We will start with those close contacts with those who have tested positive. We will work out from there," said Swanson, adding that the department does not have the capacity to test all 900 employees.
Tim Brown, the public affairs director for GE, which purchased LM Wind Power in 2017, said employees have been asked to stay home as the entire facility is disinfected. Production at the plant has been stopped.
Mook will also report on the death of the current director for the Center for Rural Health, Gary Hart. He had been with the university for a decade. Gary was one of the preeminent rural primary care researchers in the country. Over the course of 40 years, he directed two Centers of Rural Health, in Arizona and North Dakota, and two rural health research centers, in Washington and North Dakota.
Look for these stories and more in print and online on Thursday and Friday.