Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Barnes County
Valley City, N.D. – There are two additional cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Barnes County. The individuals are female, one in their 40s and one in their 80s, with sources of exposure still under investigation by the North Dakota Department of Health (ND DoH). These newly confirmed cases bring the county total to thirty, four of which are considered active.
“One question we’ve been getting is related to testing and retesting,” said Theresa Will, Administrator for City-County Health District. “After any North Dakotan receives their first test, subsequent tests are classified as serial tests. This type of testing is essential to a comprehensive testing strategy,” added Will.
According to the ND DoH, serial tests, also known as retests, have played an important role in identifying positive COVID-19 cases in ND since late March. The ND DoH reported 124 new positive cases on Friday, July 24, 47 of which came from serial tests.
City-County Health District reminds the public that detailed information about North Dakota’s COVID-19 response, including active case trend lines, can be found 24/7 at health.nd.gov/covid19dashboard. Follow City-County Health District on Facebook for Barnes County updates or call 701-845-8518.
7/24: VALLEY CITY, N.D. (CCHD) – There is one additional case of COVID-19 confirmed in Barnes County. The individual is a male in his 20s, with source of exposure still under investigation by the North Dakota Department of Health. This newly confirmed case brings the county total to twenty-eight, two of which are considered active.
City-County Health District reminds the public that being in an indoor environment (e.g., store, workplace, restaurant) with someone who has COVID-19 is not necessarily considered having close contact. Individuals who believe they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case do not need to take any action until they are contacted by a disease investigator.
A close contact is defined as a person who spends a prolonged period of time (15 minutes) within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 up to 2 days prior to their illness onset. Just being in an indoor environment with someone is not necessarily a close contact. The North Dakota Department of Health will be conducting interviews with all persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to determine who their close contacts are. People who are identified as close contacts will be notified by the North Dakota Department of Health and will receive instruction on quarantine and monitoring
“If you have not been contacted by the North Dakota Department of Health after you have been in the same location with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, you are not considered a close contact but should continue to follow social distancing guidance, good handwashing hygiene and staying home if you become sick,” said Theresa Will, Administrator for City-County Health District.
For the most timely information and updates related to COVID-19 in North Dakota, visit the NDDoH website at www.healthy.nd.gov/coronavirus. Follow City-County Health District on Facebook for Barnes County updates or call 701-845-8518.