The North Dakota University System in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health is arranging free mass testing events for COVID-19 in multiple locations across the state. Current students, incoming students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get tested.

“All areas of the state are being targeted so that students can get tested where they are at, in their hometowns, before packing up and traveling to their campus of choice," said Mark Hagerott, NDUS chancellor. "For the safety of your friends, family and yourself, we are asking all students to please get tested at a location of their choice and help us create the safest environment possible for our campus communities."

The testing events are scheduled through Aug. 25 at Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Wahpeton, Jamestown, Mayville, Bottineau, Minot, Devils Lake, Belcourt, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, New Town, Williston and Dickinson, and other smaller communities across the state.

Exact testing dates, times and locations for each city are listed at the North Dakota University System’s testing event site at ndus.edu/gettested/. In the Jamestown area, test events are scheduled as follows:

Ellendale: Tuesdays starting Aug. 11 from 8:30-11 a.m. by appointment, Dickey County Health District, 205 15th St. N

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Jamestown: Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon by appointment, Central Valley Health District, 122 2nd St. NW

LaMoure: Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Sanford Health, 100 1st Ave. SW

Linton: Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Emmons County Public Health, 118 East Spruce Ave.

Steele: Thursdays, 2:30-4 p.m., Kidder County District Health Unit, 422 2nd Ave. NW

Valley City: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. by appointment, City-County Health, 415 2nd Ave. NE

Participants are encouraged to preregister to facilitate an efficient collection process and minimize the amount of time spent at the testing site. The preregistration link is on the Department of Health’s website at testreg.nd.gov/.As best as possible, students should take the COVID-19 test approximately five days before leaving home. That way, students know they are healthy as they leave home and head to campus.

NDUS and DOH ask that those testing positive follow public health guidelines and isolate at their home or place of residence. Students and employees who live outside North Dakota can participate by going to the nearest NDUS/DoH testing site. However, testing closer to home is encouraged if it is available and distance prohibits travel to North Dakota.

Additional information with dates, locations, and times will be updated throughout the month.