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Published October 06, 2009, 11:49 AM

Grand Forks County Not Doing Extensive Testing for N1H1

Grand Forks county is no longer doing wide spread testing for the H1N1 virus. In fact the state health department has stopped testing most samples too.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Grand Forks county is no longer doing wide spread testing for the H1N1 virus. In fact the state health department has stopped testing most samples too.

Samples from Grand Forks are only being sent to the State Health Department to be tested for H1N1 for patients in the hospital.

The city of Grand Forks says initial testing was done on anyone in the county and state who had H1N1 symptoms. Now that the State Health Department has established a base line for each county. They know its in the state and will only test people hospitalized with severe cases.

John Bernstrom: "The testing takes time the lab only has so much capacity and once its deemed the virus is here we know its here that its just a matter of giving yourself a cross section of how many people are sick."

The H1N1 vaccine is arriving at Altru in small shipments this week and by next week some should be available to the public.

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