North Dakota starts free rapid COVID-19 testing for teachers
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota health officials are rolling out free rapid COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, and school administrators this week as part of a pilot project designed to identify and quickly isolate people who may be asymptomatic.
Testing of K-12 teachers will start in the Fargo and West Fargo school districts and will be expanded to other districts in coming days and weeks. Teachers, staff and administrators who work closely with students are being encouraged to get tested weekly through Dec. 31.
Students will not be tested as part of the effort.
North Dakota ranks first in the country in new COVID-19 cases per capita. One in every 86 people in the state tested positive in the past week.
Active cases dropped by 390 from Sunday, however, 710 new positive tests were confirmed today. Cass County continues to lead the state with 1,621 active positive cases, followed by Burleigh County with 1,499, Ward County with 1,059, and Grand Forks County with 1,005.
With North Dakota still number one in the nation in per-capita cases and deaths, U.S. Air Force nurses are now on the ground preparing to fan out and help with the states pandemic response.
The 60 nurses and other medical personnel arrived in North Dakota over the weekend, after FEMA granted an aid request made by Governor Doug Burgum.
They’ll soon arrive at hospitals across the state to support the local efforts to combat COVID-19.