COVID-19 Vaccine Update with registration website for when vaccine is available

UPDATE as of 01/15/2021 at 3:30pm

Richland County Health Department is in the process of setting up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Local healthcare providers may be serving different age groups/phases at different times, based on vaccine availability and state direction. As vaccine becomes available, Richland County residents will be able to register and schedule a time to receive their COVID-19 vaccine by going to the following website https://vaccinereg.health.nd.gov/ . The website will indicate which age groups/phases of Richland County residents are eligible to receive the vaccine at a scheduled location.

We are requesting that individuals seek assistance from family or friends with registration if they are unable to complete the registration themselves. If individuals are unable to physically leave their home to receive the vaccine, they can call Richland County Health Department at 701-642-7735.

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1B Public Notice

As of Thursday 01/14/21, we are not taking a list for those interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine UNLESS you are homebound and unable to get out of your place of residence to receive the vaccine.

We are currently in the Phase 1B Priority Group of age 75 and older. Due to the limited doses, we are currently calling individuals 75 and older who are Richland County Health Department clients and/or who are on a wait list.

In the upcoming weeks as we receive more vaccine, all vaccines will be made public for the current priority groups through a website in which you can pre-register and self- schedule your own appointment. COVID-19 Vaccine supply continues to be very limited.

The best way for members of the community to stay informed about when it is their turn for the vaccination is to monitor messaging from Richland County Health Department in the newspaper, radio, Facebook page and website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Richland County Health Department (RCHD) is an enrolled provider for the COVID-19 vaccine and will follow the North Dakota Department of Health recommendations and guidance related to distribution of the vaccine.

RCHD is working with community partners to strategically vaccinate our community in an ethical and efficient manner.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to priority groups in Phase 1A and 1B, which includes healthcare workers and long-term care residents. These priority groups have been identified by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the North Dakota Department of Health.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination efforts in North Dakota, visit COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the benefits of getting a vaccine, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding COVID-19 Vaccine as updated by North Dakota Department of Health: ND DOH COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ PDF

COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups

Phase 1B Priority Groups

Phase 1B includes older individuals, people with underlying health conditions, other congregate settings, child care workers, and employees of preschools and kindergarten through 12th grade.

Please note: the high-risk medical conditions noted in the below categories are available on the CDC website and are noted in bullet form under “Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Phase 1B (in order of priority):

  • Persons age 75 and older
  • Persons age 65 – 74 with two or more high-risk medical conditions.
  • Staff and persons living in other congregate settings (i.e., corrections, group homes, treatment centers, homeless shelters, etc.)
  • Persons age 65 and older with one or more high-risk medical conditions.
  • Persons age 65 and older with or without high-risk medical conditions.
  • Persons with two or more high-risk medical conditions * regardless of age.
  • Child care workers.
  • Workers employed by preschools or Kindergarten through 12th grade: teachers, nutritional services, aides, bus drivers, principals, administrative staff, custodians, etc.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

COVID 19 Healthcare Provider Information:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or feel you have been exposed, contact your healthcare provider so they can provide guidance.

Area Testing Sites

For individuals in circumstances below:

  • Individuals with a potential exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Healthcare workers providing direct care to patients.
  • Individuals with a testing requirement for essential travel.
  • Individuals in work environments where it is difficult to maintain the recommended physical distance of 6 feet from co-workers and/or customers and where exposure times to co-workers and/or customers are fifteen minutes or more.

Richland County Health Department Static Site at Wahpeton Community Center (Old Armory), 304 5th Street South, Wahpeton, ND 58075

Static site provides indoor, walk-up testing ONLY FOR CLOSE CONTACTS and HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS exposed to a Positive Case.

Typically every Monday and Wednesday ONLY from 9:00am-11:00am

Appointment is required, call 701-642-7735 to go through a questionnaire to see if individual meets requirements to get tested.

Faith + Journey Lutheran Church, 650 40th Avenue South, West Fargo 58078  

Static site provides indoor, walk-up COVID-19 testing.  

Appointments are not needed for testing at the static site. However, individuals who fit the above categories and plan to get tested are required to pre-register here: https://testreg.nd.gov/.

Moorhead Saliva Testing Site (Former Thomas Edison High School)
1110 S. 14th Street, Moorhead, MN 56560

Monday – Friday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, visit: https://mncovidtestingappt.as.me/schedule.php.

  •  Saliva testing is free and available to ND residents who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms.
  •  Identification is not required. An email address and phone number are required to receive results.
  •  Insurance is not required, but individuals who do have insurance will need to show their card. The test free whether or not an individual has insurance.
  • Saliva testing may not be right for those with low saliva production, such as children under age 4 or someone who has suffered a stroke.

Additional information regarding COVID-19 testing for Clay County can be found here: https://claycountymn.gov/462/Public-Health.

COVID-19: Prevention

To reduce the spread of the virus:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

State Resources

North Dakota Department of Health

The North Dakota Department of Health Coronavirus website contains state-level resources and information.

ND Smart Restart

 Visit ND SMART RESTART Protocols to view the color-coded risk-level map, as well as recommendations, protocols, and resources for businesses and employers.

ND Smart Restart provides guidance and recommendations universal protocols as well as industry-specific standards. A Business Toolkit containing the Workplace Assessment is also available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information related to COVID-19 symptoms, prevention measures and recommendations for those who are sick. Additional information includes:

  • Symptoms: People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue and new loss of taste or smell. **Please note: This list does not include all possible symptoms.
  • Visit How to Protect Yourself and Others to learn how the virus spreads and the steps everyone should take to help reduce the spread.
  • Visit People at Increased Risk to learn about those who may be more likely than others to become severely ill, including older adults and those with medical conditions.