COVID-19 Cases and Reporting Procedures
Last updated September 2, 2020
UND reports COVID-19 cases in a real-time dashboard.
Student, employee and patient confidentiality laws prohibit disclosure of identities and their test results. These statistics are reflective of information obtained by the University, in close cooperation with local and state health departments. There may be additional positive cases of which the University has not been made aware. Confirmed and active cases at UND should not be considered exhaustive. The numbers reflected are to the best of the University’s knowledge.
Use Chrome for best dashboard viewing.
We encourage all UND students, faculty and staff to get tested. These are point-in-time tests. If a person was tested in the early stages of the infection while incubating the virus or exposed to the virus after they were previously tested, they could then later test positive for COVID-19. Therefore, those that have previously tested negative are invited to be tested again.
If you were identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and do not develop symptoms it is recommended to get tested. Testing is ideal, 7-10 days after last known exposure.
Do not get retested if you have tested positive in the last 90 days. If you are experiencing new symptoms, call your healthcare provider.
UND continues to lead the North Dakota University System (NDUS) in the number of students, faculty and staff seeking COVID-19 testing. While legally permissible to mandate testing, our voluntary approach is consistent with the other schools in the NDUS.
How often should students get tested?
It all depends on your risk factors. If you are staying in your pod of just your immediate people that you’re surrounded with, and not exposing yourself to other people, then your risk of acquiring the COVID-19 and need to be tested is definitely less.
If you’re out and about, whether it’s in classes or anyplace else — do a weekly test. Unless you’re holed up in your dorm or your room or your apartment — come out weekly and be tested.
Why do people get tested if they don’t have symptoms?
We know that at least 45 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 do not have symptoms. We also know that those people are infectious and can be spreading the disease to others.
In our efforts to curb the spread, we’re asking all people, whether they have symptoms of not, to be tested so that we can isolate those people and do contact tracing and minimize the exposure to others.
How do students learn if they are a close contact?
When you test positive, the North Dakota Health Department will reach out with a phone call to do a case investigation. They'll inform you of your positive test results and do an investigation to identify who your close contacts are. That would be people who've been within 6 feet of you for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more.
When they identified those close contacts, they will reach out to them and ask them to quarantine for a period of 14 days following their most recent contact with a positive case.
Typically, the close contacts are called within a few hours of being identified. Some of that may take longer, depending on the volume of positive cases in our state and the ability to reach out to those people.
In some instances, the positive cases have been asked to notify their close contacts, pending the phone call from the Health Department; but all should be called.
All employees and students are to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) or other public health official.