BISMARCK — State health officials in North Dakota are making some adjustments to coronavirus tests to make sure they get to the state lab's capacity.
In Fargo, the mass testing event shut down early Thursday, June 25, after just over 800 tests were given.
The following day, Friday, June 26, the state delivered 1,200 test kits to the mass testing event, as they continue to push towards processing 5,000 tests a day statewide.
Nicole Peske, the chief communications officer with the North Dakota Department of Health, said reaching capacity during Thursday's testing and cutting it short was an encouraging sign.
“What I think it is a sign of is it’s a sign of a successful event, and it’s a sign of a community that’s really desiring to be tested," she said.
Peske said getting to that goal takes a lot of planning, with many testing events happening across the state.
“It’s a balancing act between all of the sometimes dozens of events that we have going on on any day to try to figure out how they can maximize the capacity," she said.
She said the number of tests given out to cities depends on the population, and if they have enough reserves to do a mass testing event.
The Department of Health plans on doing mass testing in Grand Forks on June 30, and Bismarck on July 1.