The target audience for the next mass coronavirus testing in Jamestown is people between the ages of 20 and 39, said Robin Iszler, unit director for Central Valley Health District headquartered in Jamestown.
The next mass testing is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. It is open to all ages, although the emphasis is on working-age people.
"That age group has the highest rate of infection and is the most active," Iszler said. "We are looking for the asymptomatic in that group."
Asymptomatic people have the coronavirus present in their body but do not have symptoms of COVID-19. They can potentially spread the disease to others without being aware of it, Iszler said.
Those planning to get tested are encouraged to register at www.CentralValleyHealth.org before the event. People with a positive test are notified within a day or two; people with negative tests will be notified by automated calls which could take up to a week to receive.
The mass testing event in June saw 566 people of which two people tested positive. Both were under the age of 18.
More testing will also be performed in the region beginning next week, Iszler said.
The North Dakota National Guard has assigned 12 members to what Iszler described as the southeast and central region of the state for the next month.
"They will travel to sites around the region," she said. "The number of locations and the number of tests will depend on the availability of tests."
The eight-county region includes Logan, Barnes, LaMoure, McIntosh, Dickey, Foster, Stutsman and Wells.
Tests administered by the National Guard and Central Valley Health District are free of charge.
People can also check with their medical provider for the availability of testing.
Iszler said currently, testing is being done using an oral swab.
"Our goal is to test 500 people," she said, referring to the July 23 testing at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. "It is open to the public but we highly encourage people who are between 20 and 39 to attend this free event."