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BISMARCK, N.D. – The Bismarck Airport will host free, voluntary COVID-19 screenings this week, using rapid antigen tests (BinaxNOW) in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, North Dakota National Guard, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, and local community leaders.
Voluntary screenings for adults will take place at the Bismarck Airport for arriving flights Dec. 21 – 27, (excluding Dec. 25), twenty minutes prior to arrival, and approximately 45 minutes after each flight lands and deplanes. The rapid antigen screening site will be located near the baggage claim area on ground level of the airport terminal. For more information about Bismarck Airport flight arrivals visit www.bismarckairport.com.
By screening with rapid antigen tests, travelers will be able to receive their test results within 15 minutes via text notification. The test also is less invasive than a PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test in that it uses a nasal swab to collect a sample from the lower part of the nostril.
If a person tests positive, they should isolate immediately and a case investigator will be in touch with them within 24 hours. If the screening yields a negative result, individuals should continue to monitor for symptoms.
Interested individuals can 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
In addition, free public testing is available to anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19. A list of testing events can be found at health.nd.gov/covidtesting. During these events, a PCR test is typically used. When using this type of test, it may take 24-72 hours to receive a positive test result and up to 72 hours to receive a negative test result.
Individuals 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 about COVID-19, visit health.nd.gov/coronavirus.