North Dakota colleges tally rising COVID cases

UND, like most across the North Dakota University System, is encouraging students to not travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Community members social-distance as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at Tuesday's event at the UND High Performance Center. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Positive coronavirus cases are around 200 for UND, as case counts continue to mount in Grand Forks County and across North Dakota.

UND’s active case count hit 200 Sunday evening, but, as of 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, current, positive, self-reported cases of COVID-19 were at 187, per UND’s dashboard.

That total includes 149 students, seven faculty members and 31 staff. There are 403 individuals in quarantine or isolation, per the dashboard, and there are 89 people in university-purchased hotel rooms.

The university has had around 100 cases or more of COVID-19 since mid-October.

The university, like most across the North Dakota University System, is encouraging students to not travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving break.


“We're encouraging all of our students actually to stay here in Grand Forks and to avoid travel,” UND President Andrew Armacost said during a virtual town hall meeting last week.

Armacost has consistently said that there is no trigger number for the university to transition to online only learning or to send students home. He continued that messaging last week, noting the university is closely monitoring the hospital situation as well.

There were an additional 166 active cases reported in Grand Forks County in Monday’s state health department report. There are 1,350 total active cases of COVID-19 in the county as of Monday.

Across the state there are 10,865 active cases of COVID-19, as of Monday.

UND will be hosting another walkup testing event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the UND High Performance Center, 2419 Second Ave. N., Grand Forks. The event is open to the general public. Upcoming testing events can be found at .

All ages are welcome to participate, even if a person does not have symptoms. The test is a point-in-time test. There is no cost for the test, and health insurance is not processed. Face coverings or masks are required, and six-foot distancing is expected.

Other colleges

Mayville State University, which has dealt with a rise in COVD-19 cases in the past two weeks, reports 13 active cases related to the university, including one student who is on-campus, nine students who live off-campus, two students who are in distance-learning programs and one employee. The campus has 53 close contacts being monitored, per the university dashboard.

Mayville had to pivot to online only learning last week as it dealt with the increased cases. Face-to-face, on-campus courses will begin again later this week, President Brian Van Horn said in a campus announcement on Friday, assuming the results from a Friday, Nov. 6, testing event have been processed.


The campus will continue with online-only learning Monday and Tuesday this week.

North Dakota State University lists 144 total confirmed positive cases -- 126 students and 18 employees -- reported to the university in the past two weeks as of 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9. Of the students, 29 are in isolation in university housing and 127 students are in quarantine in university housing.

Lake Region State College in Devils Lake reports seven active student cases, including six students who are in isolation off campus and one student who is in isolation on campus as of Monday morning. There are 46 students who are in quarantine. The campus dashboard shows one positive employee case and four employees who are in quarantine.

Valley City State’s dashboard lists 14 active, positive cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning. There are an additional 63 close contacts in quarantine.

Dakota College at Bottineau shows 18 positive cases related to campus as of Monday, including 12 on-campus students, four off-campus students and two employees. There are 34 individuals in quarantine.

Minot State University has 56 active cases related to the university as of Monday morning. That number includes 10 on-campus students, 42 students who live off campus and four employees. Another 95 individuals are being monitored as close contacts, according to the Minot State dashboard.

Williston State College has six active cases as of Monday.

Dickinson State University has 10 active cases of COVID-19 at its Dickinson campus as of Monday morning.


The dashboard for Bismarck State College shows there are 19 active cases of coronavirus related to the college as of Monday. That number includes two on-campus students, 14 off-campus students and three employees. A total of 39 people are being monitored as close contacts.

The North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton has 16 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.

Sydney Mook has been the managing editor at the Herald since April 2021. In her role she edits and assigns stories and helps reporters develop their work for readers.

Mook has been with the Herald since May 2018 and was first hired as the Herald's higher education reporter where she covered UND and other happenings in state higher education. She was later promoted to community editor in 2019.

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