FARGO — The Red River Valley COVID-19 Task Force has identified additional priority groups able to receive a free COVID-19 test at the static testing site in Fargo, located at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S.
Beginning Friday, Sept. 4, testing will be available on Fridays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on supplies, for individuals in these categories:
- Individuals with a confirmed or potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
- Health care workers providing direct care to patients.
- 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 15 minutes or more.
- Individuals with a testing requirement for essential travel.
Those who fit these categories are encouraged to preregister on the North Dakota Department of Health website: https://testreg.nd.gov/.
Testing may be oral or nasal, depending on availability of testing supplies. There is no cost for the test and health insurance is not processed. Proof of type of employment or residency is not required.
Individuals who wish to receive a test must be at least 12 years of age. The testing process takes approximately 15 minutes. Waiting time in line may be longer. Those with a positive result will be notified by phone within 24-72 hours by Fargo Cass Public Health.
For those opting in to the electronic notification, negative results will be emailed within 72 hours. However, results may take longer, depending on state lab processing. If someone opts out of electronic notification, they will receive a phone call within 72 hours.
For those who have had a previous positive COVID-19 test (via oral or nasal swab) and have completed isolation requirements, additional testing is not necessary.