Kidder County District Health Unit providing COVID-19 test kits
They will be available in Dawson, Tappen, Steele, Pettibone and Robinson.
Kidder County District Health Unit will begin providing at-home COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket cost to the community beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15, at its office.
Tests are limited to two per individual, but one individual is able to pick up tests for a household. No identification is required to pick up tests. Individuals entering the KCDHU office, at 422 2nd Ave. NW in Steele, are required to wear masks.
“When you consider how much of Kidder County is rural, the availability of these tests is really a good thing,” said KCDHU Administrator Janel Brousseau. “You are able to use these tests if you find out you are a close contact, or are experiencing symptoms and its results can help you make more informed decisions about your health.”
The tests will be distributed to local businesses throughout the county by KCDHU. People should not enter any distribution site if ill. Instead, contact the facility and make arrangements to receive the COVID-19 tests. Contact KCDHU at (701) 475-2582 for more information. On Feb/ 21, the public health office will be closed in observation of Presidents Day.
Kidder County Home Test Kit Locations
- Dawson: Dawson Grocery – Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Pettibone: Farmers Union – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon
- Robinson: Senior Center – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Steele: Kidder County District Health Unit – Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Tappen: Tappen Farm Supply – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The results of at-home COVID-19 tests are not reportable to the state. People who need validated results or a letter stating they are tested positive or negative will need to seek testing from their health care provider or from a state or local public health testing site .
More than 1.5 million tests have been purchased by the North Dakota Department of Health to be distributed. Shipments of these tests will arrive throughout February and March. An information sheet containing test particulars, including what to do if testing positive or negative, will be available in English and Spanish. This information will also be available online.
There are three types of tests available:
- Celltrion – two tests per box, authorized for individuals age 14 years and older.
- iHealth – two tests per box, authorized for individuals age 2 years and older.
- FlowFlex – one test per box, authorized for individuals age 2 years and older.
For ongoing response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer questions. Call 1-866-207-2880, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions. Individuals seeking specific medical advice should contact their health care provider.
KCDHU has provided a variety of COVID-19 information through its Facebook page. Connect with them on Facebook for updates about testing events. For more information about COVID-19, visit the North Dakota Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .