'Several' new cases of COVID-19 identified in Traill County

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HILLSBORO – "Several" new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Traill County, according to Traill District Health Unit Director Brenda Stallman, although the latest numbers have not yet been released.

Traill County is located in extreme eastern North Dakota, south of Grand Forks and north of Fargo.

The new cases were identified following testing held at a Traill County nursing home Monday, May 18, according to a news release from the organization. The number of those affected has not been officially released by the North Dakota Department of Health.

As of its Tuesday morning report, the state health department's website shows that Traill County has had two positive cases of COVID-19, one of which has recovered. Neighboring Grand Forks and Cass counties have reported 317 and 1,229 cases, respectively. Steele County, to the west, has one reported case.

Individuals who tested positive will be contacted to determine those who are considered close contacts in need of quarantining. Public Health will be calling those who are considered close contacts.


“Please be reminded that people who are not showing any symptoms can be carriers and test positive for COVID-19,” added Stallman. “We ask for patience, compassion, understanding and respect for privacy for residents, staff and our community.”

For questions, contact Jim Murphy, public information officer for Traill-Steele Unified Command, at 701-636-4746, or by using the Traill-Steele Joint Information page on Facebook.

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