Mass COVID-19 testing ends early at Fargodome; one more session scheduled Friday

Testing shut down about four hours earlier than planned to avoid overwhelming capacity at the state lab in Bismarck.

Testing for coronavirus is conducted Thursday, June 25, at the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO — Anyone hoping to get screened for COVID-19 during a mass testing event at the Fargodome Thursday, June 25, will have to plan for a Friday test instead.

Fargo Cass Public Health announced just after 2 p.m. Thursday that the event, planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., was closed for the rest of the day to avoid overwhelming capacity at the state lab in Bismarck.

Spokesperson Holly Scott said officials administered 807 tests at the Fargodome before ending the event.


Nicole Peske, state Department of Health Chief Communications Officer, said the goal was to administer 800 tests.
As of now, tomorrow's testing event is planned to run as scheduled, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Scott said. Health officials asked anyone waiting in line when the event shut down to return on Friday.


This was the third of four recent mass testing events in Fargo that have been open to the general public and held in the west parking lot of the Fargodome. The first two were held June 18-19.

Scott said the first two events did not have to be shut down early.

The North Dakota Department of Health, along with Fargo Cass Public Health and the North Dakota National Guard are holding the testing events. Health officials are holding similar events statewide to determine how prepared the state is for reopening.

Appointments are not required, but those who wish to receive a test are strongly encouraged to complete the online screening questionnaire in advance, which can be found on the state health department's website .

There's no cost for the test, health insurance is not processed and no proof of residency is required.

Testing is done using oral swabs, and those participating must be at least 12 years old.

The test itself takes about 15 minutes but wait times may be longer.

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Huebner is a 35+ year veteran of broadcast and print journalism in Fargo-Moorhead.
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