Why Testing Matters
Expanding testing plays a major role in keeping North Dakota 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.
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.
Public testing is available to anyone who would like to be tested for COVID-19. There are regular testing events happening across North Dakota and new testing locations are added on a regular basis.
Proof of residency will not be required. The test takes about 15 minutes to complete (although the wait time may be longer).
Step 1 - Locate an event using the list below.
Step 2 - Complete a one time pre-registration at testreg.nd.gov to save time at the event. You can register on-site if you aren't able to pre-register. Please do not call the NDDoH public hotline to schedule your COVID-19 test, as the hotline is unable to schedule appointments directly.
Step 3 - All individuals will be notified of their results, positive or not-detected, within 72-hour after the sample arrives at the processing laboratory.
List of Free Testing Locations
Weather advisories may affect testing hours. If there is a weather advisory in your area, please contact the location prior to traveling to the site.
Please reach out to your health care provider for more information and to schedule an appointment. Deductible, co-pay or co-insurance may apply. This list may not indicate all available COVID-19 test collection sites.
If your COVID-19 test is performed by a health care provider, only they will be able to provide you with your test results.