NDDoH changing COVID-19 investigation plans due to heavy caseload

Courtesy of: North Dakota Department of Health
Courtesy of: North Dakota Department of Health

(Bismarck, ND) -- The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is changing protocol for COVID-19 case investigations.

The changes were announced on Monday and come because of a huge surge in case numbers, according to NDDoH Disease Control and Forensic Pathology Section Chief, Kirby Kruger.

“The rapid emergence of the Omicron variant and rising cases have resulted in refocusing our priorities for case work," Kruger said in an interview, " As a result, not all people with recent diagnosis will be contacted by a case worker for an interview.”

NDDoH will continue to track and interview positive COVID cases in some cases; including K-12 students, higher ed students, people over the age of 55, health care facilities, and both long term care and congregate settings. You can learn more about the changes to case investigation protocol here