The Department of Health will look at different areas to redirect federal money if testing levels continue to drop.
In the first months of the pandemic, North Dakota increased its testing capacity, becoming a leading state for testing per 100,000 people.
As few as 510 tests were processed last weekend, compared to a record high of over 14,000 performed in one day last fall, although more than 4,000 were processed in one day last week. Drive-through test events have become a critical part of the pandemic response across North Dakota.
The Department of Health maintains a statewide testing site locator online. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health is still performing COVID-19 testing by appointment. Director Renae Moch said on Tuesday the demand for testing had declined as COVID-19 vaccinations increased.
“The majority of applications are for those who wish to travel and need proof of a negative PCR test result,” Moch said. “We will still have a few requests for those showing symptoms, but we are certainly not at the same level of request as we were in the midst of the pandemic. “
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people vaccinated against COVID-19 are still tested and self-isolate if they are symptomatic.
In addition to testing, the state’s COVID-19 2021-23 budget includes funding from US federal coronavirus assistance from the American Rescue Plan Act to: