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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).

If you're looking for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information page. At Altru, patients will be able to receive the vaccine at any primary care clinic location of their choosing, including at our four clinics in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

To schedule an appointment for vaccination, use or call the Nurse Advice Line at 701.780.6358.

Weekly COVID-19 Update

With COVID-19 prevalent in our area, we are committed to keeping the community updated. We will provide regular updates with an overview of our number of new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 via our website and social media.

Weekly COVID-19 update from Altru Hospital.


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 Nurse Advice Line at 701.780.6358 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

In addition to getting the vaccine, 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.

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

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