Traill County’s first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified Wednesday, according to Traill District Health Unit Director Brenda Stallman

The individual is self-isolating at home. Traill District Health Unit, together with the North Dakota Department of Health, is working to identify people who have been in close contact with the affected individual.

“What residents should do is exactly what they have been doing,” said Stallman. “I thank everyone for taking social distancing seriously.”

She urges residents to be prepared, but not panic. She also wants people to be assured that anyone identified as being a possible contact to a COVID-positive individual will be notified by a health department official and receive further instructions. Stallman asks residents to continue being diligent in combatting the spread of COVID-19, emphasizing the need to practice social and physical distance, isolate if feeling ill and practice good hygiene – especially washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Residents should continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s federal guidance for communities and monitor the North Dakota Department of Health’s Coronavirus-related information.

For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at 866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, or contact their local health care provider.