Gov. Doug Burgum in his daily press conference on April 3 said he’s doing a pilot project this weekend to add to the knowledge base across the country.
There will be ‘drive-in’ testing at two rural locations. Burgum says they are trying to get baseline testing in that area. The goal is to test as many people as possible from those communities – including those showing no symptoms of COVID-19.
He said by proving the testing concept and identifying COVID-19 carriers earlier, the state can improve its contact tracing and further slow the spread of the virus.
One of the spots will be open on Saturday, April 4 in Amidon, which is in Slope County. You must be a Slope County resident to be tested. You will receive a mouth swab and not get out of the car. Testing runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, April 4 at the Community Center Fairgrounds.
The other testing area will be open Sunday, April 5 in Gladstone, which is in Stark County. You must be a resident of the Gladstone Fire District to get tested. The testing takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. MT on Sunday, April 5. The testing will take place at the Gladstone Fire Station.
Governor Burgum says there will be National Guard members on-site helping assist and direct traffic. There will be about 10 members at each site.
Once tested results will come in within 24-48 hours, and the individuals tested will get a call from with more information.
For information you can call SW District Health Unit at 701-290-6110.