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Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health has completed the notification process for all individuals tested at the drive-through mass testing event conducted at the Bismarck Event Center on Saturday, May 2. Local public health staff completed the notification process on Wednesday, May 6, and contact tracing has begun for six individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. This is a positive test rate of 1 percent.
“We have been working hard to close the loop on the community testing event we hosted this past Saturday,” said Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Director Renae Moch. “Six individuals tested positive for COVID-19 and we’ve begun the process of contacting individuals identified as close contacts. We have also completed the notification process for individuals testing negative.”
All six of the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic at time of the testing. The testing event was initially focused on retail organizations providing essential services in the community, but was later opened to anyone over the age of 12.
“Asymptomatic carriers can spread the virus rapidly throughout a community since they do not know they have the virus. The possibility of pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19 increases the challenges of containment measures for public health. These asymptomatic positive test results emphasize how important it is for everyone to continue following the social distancing, handwashing and facial covering etiquette protocols we have been promoting over the past few months,” said Moch. ”Even though our state has started to reopen, COVID-19 has not gone away. You may have it and not know it and very well may be passing it to someone in a vulnerable population.”
General questions related to COVID-19 can be directed to the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at 1-866-207-2880. This hotline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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.gov, or CDC website.