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Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) will be conducting a drive-through COVID-19 testing event at the Bismarck Event Center on Tuesday, July 28. The testing event is open to all ages, is first-come, first-served, and is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until testing supplies are exhausted.
Individuals wanting to be tested at this event must enter Parking Lot D, (the lot south of the Bismarck Event Center, across Bowen Avenue) from Seventh Street. Testing will then be conducted inside the Bismarck Event Center.
“We continue to provide a critical service for our community and our citizens,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “We have been getting an increase in requests for testing and are working with individuals to accommodate them as best we can based on the number of testing kit supplies provided to us by the ND Department of Health.”
Pre-registration for this event is available at https://testreg.nd.gov/. This process is not required to be completed in order to receive a test, but is recommended to speed up your overall testing event experience. Please complete the entire questionnaire. Pre-registration does not guarantee test availability.
“Testing is only part of the equation in COVID prevention and response,” said Moch. “Every individual has a role to prevent COVID-19 and should follow COVID-19 prevention measures such as: social distancing, wearing a face covering if they are in a situation where they can’t social distance, washing their hands frequently, and not touching their face. Those preventive measures have not changed and are vital to control the spread of the virus.”
There is no fee for this collection of samples and subsequent COVID-19 tests and an individual’s health insurance will not be processed. Viral testing will be conducted at this drive-through event, but antibody tests are not available through BBPH at this time. Response times for test results may vary, depending on lab capacity. BBPH is reporting positive results within 24-72 hours, while negative results may take five to seven days.
For ongoing response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer your questions. You may call 1-866-207-2880, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with questions. Please note that individuals needing specific medical advice should contact their healthcare provider.
For testing event inquiries, as well as questions about other health programs and issues, please call Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health at 355-1540, or you can connect with us through a variety of online platforms. Information is available at www.bismarcknd.gov, as well as through social media: via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more info about COVID-19, visit the ND Department of Health website, NDResponse.gov, or CDC website.