Contractors working on City project test positive for COVID-19

The City of Minot has been notified that 10 contract employees working on a City construction project recently tested positive for coronavirus.

“The crew members are not City of Minot employees; they are employed by contractors working on a City project,” Interim City Manager David Lakefield said. “These positive cases will not cause any disruptions to City services.”

Lakefield said the crew members have been isolated since their positive tests, and have not returned to the work site. The site has been closed down for cleaning and additional testing. The positive tests will be counted in each employee’s county of residence. Not all of the workers reside in Ward County.

First District Health Unit has done rapid response testing and is conducting contact tracing. FDHU will notify anyone suspected of coming into close proximity with those who tested positive. FDHU’s next free testing event will be held Friday, June 26, at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

“The City of Minot will continue to assist the First District Health Unit as they conduct contact tracing to track any interactions these crew members may have had either at the work site or in the community,” Lakefield said.

“We appreciate the cooperation and efforts of the City of Minot and all the contractors involved to contain the spread of the virus,” said Lisa Clute, Executive Officer of First District Health Unit.

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