Altru Health System is working with the North Dakota Department of Health and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Altru, along with the City of Grand Forks and Grand Forks Public Health, have started COVID vaccinations for the general public. We are beginning with those who are 75+, as this is the first tier of phase 1B from the North Dakota Department of Health guidelines. Please view COVID-19 Vaccination Information via the link on the left-hand panel of this page. 


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

Visit the CDC website for more information and a complete list of symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms, have had close-exposure to persons with confirmed COVID-19, or have had recent travels to areas with confirmed cases, please call the Coronavirus Screening Hotline at 701.780.6358 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. before visiting an Altru location.

How it Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
      • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
    • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Visit the CDC website for more information >>

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Please call 701.780.5000 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to schedule an appointment prior to coming in if you are concerned about Coronavirus.

For more information on prevention and treatment, please visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 Blog Posts

If you are experiencing symptoms, call the COVID-19 Screening Hotline: