GRAND FORKS -- A UND student who was being self-quarantined has tested negative for coronavirus, UND spokesman David Dodds confirmed late Tuesday afternoon, March 10.

On Monday, in close coordination with the health departments from Grand Forks and the state, a UND student was tested for the possibility of COVID-19, the university said Tuesday morning. That student was self-quarantined. The tests came back negative Tuesday afternoon.

Dodds said there are no state or university requirements that declare the student must stay in quarantine status.

The student, who has not been identified, had recently been on a domestic trip and gave indications of not feeling well upon returning. The student had agreed to be self-quarantined.

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The news means there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota as of Tuesday afternoon. Eight people have been tested for COVID-19 thus far in North Dakota.

Three cases have now been confirmed in Minnesota. The third case, confirmed Tuesday, is in Anoka County, which is near Minneapolis. There, a resident in the age range of 30 was likely exposed through contact with international travelers.

Students with concerns about their health or any symptoms they may be experiencing are urged to call ahead to UND Student Health Services, at 701-777-4500, before coming into the facility. Student Health professionals can advise students on next steps. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider.

Spring break begins next week for students. Tuesday the university sent out a message on social media to students, encouraging them to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

“In light of the global situation regarding COVID-19, the university also urges travelers to maintain good-hygiene practices, as prescribed by the CDC, and to be mindful of how their actions and the actions of others impact the health and well-being of all,” the university posted on social media.

State and local health officials, in conjunction with the CDC, encourage everyone to follow these basic prevention tips:

  • Get a flu shot.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.