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Bismarck, ND – More than 600 tests samples were collected during a drive-through mass testing event Saturday at the Bismarck Event Center.
Staff from Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) and numerous other entities conducted testing for COVID-19, the disease associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Testing began at 9 a.m. for retail services in the community providing essential resources. As the event progressed, testing was expanded to serve a wider audience of anyone over the age of 12.
“I am very pleased with the number of samples we obtained today,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “We were able to get an ample amount of tests completed for individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community. We learned a lot from this testing event and I think we are better prepared for whatever events we will be called on to conduct moving forward.”
A total of 661 completed tests have been taken to the State Lab for processing. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they can expect to be notified within 72 hours. If someone tests negative for COVID-19, they will be notified, but it may take more than 72 hours to be contacted.
“This event wouldn’t have been possible without all of the entities that were willing to come on board and be part of a team that delivered this massive effort for our residents,” said Moch. “The phrase ‘We’re all in this together’ has been used quite a bit during the pandemic response, but I think today you saw people saying ‘We’re all in this together and this is how we are going to help our community’. I really enjoyed that about today.”
General questions related to COVID-19 can be directed to the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at (866) 207-2880. This hotline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information about COVID-19 is available at www.bismarcknd.gov. You can connect with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more info about COVID-19, visit the ND Department of Health website, NDResponse.com, or CDC website.