NDDoH Public Health Lab malfunction affects 600+ COVID-19 tests

BISMARCK, N.D. – On January 8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Public Health Laboratory identified a software malfunction on a piece of laboratory equipment. The software malfunction was limited to one platform and affected a total of 641 positive COVID-19 results of 102,562 resulted on the machine between Nov. 7, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021. The issue has been…

North Dakota Positive COVID-19 Patients Told To Self-Notify Close Contacts

Close contacts will no longer be contacted by public health officials

BISMARCK, N.D. — To deal with the backlog of contact tracing, the health department is now instructing those who test positive for COVID-19 to self-notify their close contacts. Gov. Doug Burgum and state health officials say a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has put increased pressure on contact tracing teams. That has resulted in tracing delays and a…

Minnesota opening 10 COVID-19 saliva testing sites including Moorhead

Free testing starts this Saturday at the former Thomas Edison High School building

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A free COVID-19 saliva testing site is set to open in Moorhead on Saturday at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School building on 14th Street South. The tests can be taken Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 7:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Click here to schedule an appointment….

349 COVID-19 Tests In Fargo Ruined Before They Could Be Run

Health officials say this is the first time this issue has happened at the state lab

BISMARCK, N.D. — A handling error is being blamed for a loss of 349 COVID-19 samples from a Fargo event last week. The samples were put in a different refrigerator and the samples went undetected past the time where they could be tested. Health officials say this is the first time this issue has happened at the state lab. They…

NDSU temporarily suspends ACT/SAT requirement

NDSU is accepting applications for fall 2021 already.

FARGO, N.D.–North Dakota State University has temporarily suspended the ACT or SAT score requirement for students applying through Spring 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NDSU decided to suspend the test requirement because of a limited number of tests and testing sites available for students. Merideth Sherlin, Director of Admission said, “We don’t want students’ educational opportunities to be limited…

ND students among nation’s top performers on GEDs

North Dakota was second behind Wyoming.

BISMARCK, N.D.–State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced North Dakota finished second in the nation for GED test-takers who earned a diploma in the last 12 months. From July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, 498 North Dakota students completed the GED tests. Of those, 439 or 88 percent of students got passing grades. The GED test requires students to pass…

MSUM Drops ACT/SAT Test Scores Requirement For Admission

They say the change is part of a national trend for more equitable access to higher education

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSUM is dropping ACT and SAT test scores as a requirement to get in to the university. They say the change is part of a national trend for more equitable access to higher education. The change is in effect for the fall class of applicants. Students will be able to choose whether to include their test scores…