Altru and Grand Forks Public Health to discontinue drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Testing will continue to be available through any Altru primary care physician and weekday mornings at the UND Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center.

A young boy is tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a mobile testing site as the country see an increase in children infected with COVID-19 in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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Altru and Grand Forks Public Health will discontinue drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Altru Professional Center starting Wednesday, Oct. 27.

PCR testing will continue to be available through any Altru primary care physician or express clinic location, as well as from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Fritz Pollard Jr. Athletic Center located at 2419 2nd Ave. N. in Grand Forks. The UND site will also continue to offer rapid antigen screening, which individuals can register for at

“Our partnership completed thousands of tests in the last six weeks,” Heather Strandell, Director of Primary Care at Altru, said in a statement. “With cooler weather moving into the region, now is the time to move our nurses and equipment indoors. We appreciate Grand Forks Public Health’s partnership in supporting our community’s COVID-19 testing.”

To schedule a PCR test, visit or call the Nurse Advice Line at 701-780-6358 to pre-register. For more information on COVID-19 testing in Grand Forks, visit

Hannah Shirley covers crime, courts and criminal justice for the Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Idaho and has lived and worked in Grand Forks since 2019. Prior to moving to North Dakota, she worked as a reporter for the Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass., a receptionist for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and a barista in a New York City coffee shop. She can be reached by phone at (701) 780-1267 or by email at
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