Mass coronavirus testing event slated for Thursday in Grand Forks

Grand Forks and North Dakota health officials plan to test another 500 people this week.

The North Dakota National Guard, on behalf of the city and state’s health departments, is set to administer tests to essential workers, first responders and the close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus that’s reshaped everyday life across the United States.

The tests are scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Alerus Center.

Close contacts of people who’ve already tested positive are a “priority testing group,” and health officials said those people are “strongly encouraged” to get tested. People who’ve previously been tested, but did not test positive, can also show up to be tested again.

More details are below:


  • The goal of the event is to test 500 people.

  • There is no cost for the test and health insurance is not processed.

  • Proof of residency will not be required.

  • Proof of employment will not be required.

  • The testing process takes about 15 minutes. Wait time in line may be longer.

  • Those with a positive result will be notified by phone within 24 to 72 hours.

  • Those with a negative result will be notified by email or phone within 48 to 72 hours, depending on when results are available from the NDDoH Laboratory.

  • Testing may be oral or nasal, depending on availability of testing supplies. Antibody testing will not be conducted at this event.

  • Those participating in testing must be at least 12 years old.

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