Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force
Cass County COVID-19 Testing Subgroup
The Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force (task force) uses a locally-developed testing matrix to provide closed testing events for priority groups that may be at higher risk of exposure to the virus, such as long-term care, other congregate living settings, and individuals who may be vulnerable to greater impacts of the virus. Targeted testing supports the mission of the task force by allocating available testing supplies and resources to these priority groups.
Health Systems Testing
Area health systems continue to conduct COVID-19 testing for individuals who meet their screening criteria. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider for guidance prior to going to a clinic or office.
- Essentia Health COVID-19 Hotline 1.833.494.0836 or start an e-visit online at www.essentiahealth.org/COVID-19.
- Sanford Health 701.234.5000 for 'My Sanford Nurse' or start an e-visit online at www.sanfordhealth.org/campaign/covid19-care.
Task Force Testing
Based on the 'Current COVID-19 Testing Strategy for Priority Groups' (see image to the right), the task force provides indoor, walk-up closed testing events, using the RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) testing method. Testing is available throughout the week for long-term care, group homes and other congregate living settings as well as for individuals with a confirmed exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
Beginning the morning of Monday, March 15, testing will be provided at the new site: 3051, 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The new testing site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.
"I don't think I fit into any of the above groups - can I still get tested?'
The current COVID-19 testing strategy provides testing primarily on Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for individuals in the below categories:
- Individuals with a potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
- Healthcare workers providing direct care to patients.
- Individuals with a testing requirement for essential travel.
- Individuals in work environments where it is difficult to maintain the recommended physical distance of 6 feet from co-workers and/or customers and where exposure times to co-workers and/or customers are fifteen minutes or more.
BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Screening
BinaxNOW rapid screening is available for the general public. Beginning the morning of Monday, March 15, screening will be provided at the new site: 3051, 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The new site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 5 - 7 p.m.
The BinaxNOW tests are self-administered and results are received in 15-30 minutes by text message. Individuals seeking a test will be asked to provide their full name and phone number. Staff will be on-site to assist test-takers.
NEW COVID-19 Testing/Screening Location
Beginning the morning of Monday, March 15, task force testing and BinaxNOW rapid screening will both be conducted at the new testing site, located at 3051, 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The new testing site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.
Appointments are not needed for testing/screening. However, individuals who fit the above categories and plan to get tested using either the PCR or BinaxNOW screening method are required to pre-register here: https://testreg.nd.gov/. Individuals only need to complete the registration process one time, even if they participate in multiple testing events.
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel
Individuals with a COVID-19 testing requirement for travel should be tested using a RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test, which is available at the new testing site, located at 3051, 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The new testing site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.
Travel-related testing is available at the static site Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pre-registration is required can be completed here: https://testreg.nd.gov/.
Upon arrival for testing, travelers should inform testing site personnel they are a traveler. The nasal collection method should be used as it is most widely accepted by airlines. COVID-19 screening events using the BinaxNOW rapid test do not meet acceptable testing criteria for most airlines and/or foreign countries.
COVID-19 Test Results
* This information applies to testing events through the Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force. If you had a sample taken at a private health care facility, please contact that provider.
* If you opted to receive an e-notification of test results, you will be prompted to enter your date of birth.
If Your Test is Positive:
Individuals with a positive test result will be notified by e-notification or phone call within 4 days from when the lab gets the sample. However, this timing may vary depending on a variety of factors (e.g. the time required to get the sample to the lab, number of samples that need to be tested, etc). Once you receive this e-notification/call, please stay at home. Others that live with you in the same household should also stay at home. Soon after, you will receive another call from a COVID-19 caseworker that will provide you with instructions for you and your family and will ask questions to help identify other individuals that you may have been in close contact with. The phone call may come from an out-of-state number. You can expect this call with your caseworker to take up to one hour.
If your test was positive and you need documentation or confirmation, you should contact your case worker.
If Your Test is Negative:
Individuals with a negative test result will be notified within 4 days. However, this timing may vary depending on a variety of factors (e.g. the time required to get the sample to the lab, number of samples that need to be tested, etc). The notification will occur through an automated notification as requested through the preregistration process OR a phone call from Noridian Healthcare Solutions or North Dakota State University or University of North Dakota personnel. If you were expecting an email notification and didn't get one, please check your spam mailbox.
- Note: Quarantine guidance for close contacts was recently revised. Please visit What To Do If You Are A Close Contact for additional information.
Please visit https://www.health.nd.gov/covidtestresults for more information on positve and negative test results.
Moorhead COVID-19 Testing Site Open to ND Residents
Through a collaborative effort between local public health in the F-M area and partners at the state level in both ND and MN, ND residents are able to participate in community COVID-19 testing events in Moorhead.
Monday, Tuesday & Friday: noon - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Former Thomas Edison High School
1110 S. 14th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
Please note: Tests administered at the Moorhead testing site are not rapid tests. Results will be provided via email in approximately 48-72 hours.