Where to get a COVID-19 Test

Expanding testing plays a major role in keeping Richland County open. In addition to social distancing, mask wearing and washing your hands frequently, testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Identifying positive cases of COVID-19 early is the only way to quickly trace and isolate.

This will be especially important as university students return to school this fall. University student testing is not required, but highly recommended. Students can find testing locations, dates and times below.

When should I get tested?

Individuals with symptoms should be tested. Symptoms include Fever (100.4°F or higher)/feeling feverish, sore throat, new/worsening uncontrolled cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of taste and/or smell.

Even if you aren’t showing symptoms but have had contact with an individual who tested positive, testing is still beneficial because asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus. The best time for asymptomatic individuals to get tested is 7-10 days after having contact with someone who tested positive.

How do I get tested?

Testing is available at free public testing events or by visiting your health care provider.

Richland County Health Department provides testing at Wahpeton Law Enforcement Center lcoated at 413 3rd Avenue North, Wahpeton, N.D.

COVID Testing is done on Wednesdays at the Wahpeton Law Enforcement Center by Richland County Health Department. Dates are subject to change due to federal holidays.

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

By Appointment only, starting at 9:00 AM. Call 701-642-7735 to go through a questionnaire to see if the individual meets the requirements to get tested. You will be asked to register at testreg.nd.gov.

Fargo Cass Public Health Testing & Screening

Fargo Cass Public Health provides indoor walk-up testing and screening, using the RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) testing method as well as BinaxNOW Rapid Screening.

COVID-19 PCR testing and BianaxNOW Rapid Screening are both provided Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers and Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

 
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, follow the guidance on the below page to help prevent further spread of the virus:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Richland County COVID-19 Testing

Area health systems continue to conduct COVID-19 testing for individuals who meet their screening criteria. Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider for guidance prior to going to a clinic or office.

    • Essentia Health 701-642-2000
    • Sanford Health 701-642-7000

       

Richland County Public Health provides indoor testing, using the PCR testing method by appointment only on Wednesdays starting at 9:00am at the Wahpeton Law Enforcement Center.  The Wahpeton Law Enforcement Center is located at 413 3rd Avenue North in Wahpeton.  Appointments can be set up by calling 701-642-7735. Individuals planning to be tested are required to pre-register here: https://testreg.nd.gov/. Individuals only need to complete the registration process one time, even if they participate in multiple testing events. 


Fargo Cass Public Health Testing & Screening

Fargo Cass Public Health provides indoor walk-up testing and screening, using the RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) testing method as well as BinaxNOW Rapid Screening. COVID-19 PCR testing and BianaxNOW Rapid Screening are both provided Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers and Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants.  Individuals planning to be tested are required to pre-register here: https://testreg.nd.gov/. Individuals only need to complete the registration process one time, even if they participate in multiple testing events. 

Are you traveling?

COVID-19 Requirements for Travel

Individuals who need test results for travel purposes should obtain a result copy by accessing an account through the Citizen Portal

You will need to create or use an existing NDLogin and associate it with your TestReg registration account. An NDLogin is an account that can be used to access multiple online services provided by North Dakota state government (ex. Game & Fish, Job Service, Parks and Recreation) without the need to create a new account for each service.

You will be prompted to create an account when accessing your result e-notification and when registering for a test at testreg.nd.gov.

Step by step instructions for creating and accessing an account is found here: Citizen Portal Screenshots.pdf (nd.gov)
* An FAQ for the Citizen Portal can be found here: Public FAQ’sTestReg Login_citizen portal (1).pdf (nd.gov)

Individuals with a COVID-19 testing requirement for travel should be tested using the RT PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test. PCR testing is available at 3051 25th Street South, Fargo, Suite K. The testing site is located in the Family Fare strip mall, between the Hi-Ho Burgers & Brews and Grand Junction Grilled Subs restaurants. Travel-related testing is available Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required can be completed here: https://testreg.nd.gov/.

Upon arrival for testing, travelers should inform testing site personnel they are a traveler. The nasal collection method should be used as it is most widely accepted by airlines. COVID-19 screening events using the BinaxNOW rapid test do not meet acceptable testing criteria for most airlines and/or foreign countries.

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