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The Department of Health will look into various areas to divert the federal money if the test level continues to drop.

In the first few months of the pandemic, North Dakota increased its testing capacity and became a top state for testing per 100,000 people.

Only 510 tests were processed last weekend, up from a record of more than 14,000 in one day last fall, despite more than 4,000 being processed in one day last week. Drive-through testing events have become an integral part of the pandemic response across North Dakota.

The health department maintains a nationwide search location locator online. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health continues to perform COVID-19 tests by appointment. Director Renae Moch said Tuesday that the demand for tests had decreased as COVID-19 vaccinations increased.

“Most inquiries are for travelers who need proof of a negative PCR test result,” said Moch. “We will have a few more inquiries for those with symptoms, but we are certainly not at the same level of needs as we were during the pandemic.”

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends People vaccinated against COVID-19 will continue to be tested and self-isolate if they have symptoms.

In addition to the tests, the state’s 2021-23 COVID-19 budget includes funding for coronavirus aid under the federal U.S. Federal Rescue Plan Act for:

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