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Posted on: May 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health to Conduct Mass Testing Event on May 2

Bismarck, ND – Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health will be conducting a free COVID-19 mass testing event at the Bismarck Event Center on Saturday, May 2, pending test availability.

The testing event focus will be separated into two categories: 

•    Retailers providing essential services will be tested from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

•    Symptomatic individuals over the age of 12 will be tested from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until testing supplies have been exhausted. 

“Our hope with this mass testing event is to help give a better snapshot in time of the status of members of our community,” said BBPH Director Renae Moch. “Our goal is to conduct this testing event quickly, but more importantly, safely for staff at this event, as well as the individuals tested.”

COVID-19 is the disease associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As part of the pandemic response, more than 27,000 tests have been conducted in North Dakota, with more than 1,000 individuals confirmed as infected with the disease. More than 1,000,000 confirmed cases have been confirmed nationally, and more than 3,000,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide. 

Individuals tested as part of this drive-through event are asked to enter Bismarck Event Center Parking Lot D, located next to Seventh Street. Testing will be conducted inside the Bismarck Event Center, and individuals will exit the building via Parking Lot B, and then travel away from the area by way of Bowen Avenue or Fifth Street. If you are not participating in the event, you are asked to avoid the area, as much as is possible. 

Once the event has been completed, tests will be taken to the State lab. IF your results are positive, you will be notified within approximately 72 hours. If your results are negative, you will be notified, but it may take longer than 72 hours to be contacted. 

“While this is a local event, conducted by Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, there are so many entities helping out,” said Moch. “Without their help, this event wouldn’t be possible. We need to thank the North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota National Guard, City of Bismarck, Bismarck Fire Department, Bismarck Police Department, Custer Health, UND Center for Family Medicine, and of course, Bismarck Event Center for coming together to make this event happen.”

Mass testing events have taken place previously throughout the state in locations such as Fargo, Grand Forks, Dickinson, Amidon and Gladstone. Testing for COVID-19, and contact tracing for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, have been shown to be key ways North Dakota is combatting the respiratory disease. 

Any 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 this, and other COVID-19 topics, is available online at www.bismarcknd.gov. You can also connect with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For additional information about COVID-19, visit the North Dakota Department of Health website, NDResponse.com, as well as the Centers for Disease Control website. 

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