A mass testing event held earlier this week at UND resulted in four positive cases of coronavirus.
The university reported the results of the event Tuesday afternoon. The four new cases bring UND’s total to seven overall, dating back to the beginning of the national pandemic.
Tuesday’s testing event saw 1,000 tests administered on students, staff, faculty and others associated with the university. Testing was conducted by the North Dakota National Guard with assistance from state and local health officials; it was held in a parking lot near the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
The event concluded by 3 p.m., when the last of the 1,000 tests was given.
“The UND campus community has been very vigilant from the start with our physically distancing measures and just our adherence to recommendations from the state health department and the (Centers for Disease Control) on face coverings and proper hygiene,” UND spokesman David Dodds told the Herald Friday as the test results were announced. “It’s been just a fantastic response from the campus and community at large. We’re really proud of that and hope to continue that momentum moving forward.”
Dodds said he isn’t sure if the four who tested positive Tuesday have been on campus in recent weeks.
He also said it’s possible another testing event will be held in the days leading up to the start of the fall semester.
“I would just be speculating at this point,” he said, “but I would anticipate that would be something we would likely see as we start gearing up for students to return to campus.”