Public invited to drive-thru COVID-19 test in Hillsboro June 25

The test, which is open to the general public, will be held 9 a.m.-noon or until tests run out on June 25 at American Crystal Sugar north of Hillsboro.

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A view of coronavirus using an electron microscope. Submitted photo / Elizabeth Fischer

A drive-up COVID-19 test will be open to the public 9 a.m. to noon or until testing supplies run out on June 25 at American Crystal Sugar north of Hillsboro. The test will be conducted by the Traill District Health Unit, Steele County Public Health and the North Dakota National Guard.

“Although positive test cases aren’t very high in Traill County, we’re still seeing sporadic cases,” Traill District Health Unit Director Brenda Stallman said in a statement. “We encourage close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, and anyone who has experienced symptoms or thinks they may have been exposed to the virus to get tested.”

Proof of residency and insurance will not be required to be tested. Participants should be older than 12 years old, unless younger children are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

Testing is expected to take about 15 minutes, though wait times could be longer. Tests will be administered using a oral swab. If oral swab tests run out, testers will switch to nasal swabs.

All participants will be notified via phone of their test results within two to four days of the event, regardless of whether they test positive or negative. Participants are encouraged to register for the test online , but all interested participants are encouraged to attend the testing event whether they receive a confirmation email or not.


American Crystal Sugar is located at 121 Hwy. 81 N.E. The testing event will take place at the north piling station, piling station No. 7, at the facility.

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