The North Dakota Department of Health continues to offer free mass screenings using rapid antigen tests, as well as PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) testing at a new location, 2805 Morrison Ave., Suite A, in Bismarck. The testing will take place from 12 p.m. – 7p.m. each day, Tuesday through Saturday, starting on Feb. 2.
The events are free to the public and children can be tested if accompanied by a legal guardian. This event is for asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals.
By utilizing rapid antigen tests, event attendees will be able to receive their test results within 15 minutes via text notification. The screening process recently has been used across North Dakota to identify asymptomatic individuals. Symptomatic individuals will be tested with rapid antigen and a PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test if the antigen test result is negative.
If a person tests positive, they should isolate at home immediately and a case investigator will be in touch with them within 24 hours.
Interested individuals should fill out an online survey at testreg.nd.gov for faster registration.
For more information about rapid antigen tests and North Dakota’s screening strategies, visit https://www.health.nd.gov/rapid-antigen-screening
Additional free events are being offered by local public health units to community members across North Dakota. A list of testing events can be found at health.nd.gov/covidtesting.
North Dakotans should continue to follow #NDSmart guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19, including staying home when sick, staying six feet apart, avoiding large gatherings, washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, wearing a mask and continuing to clean frequently touched surfaces.
For more information on COVID-19, visit health.nd.gov/coronavirus.