FARGO — More people within the North Dakota State University community have tested positive for the coronavirus, but the school doesn't plan to release further information on the cases, including numbers and if students have been infected.
In a Thursday, April 16, statement to the campus, University Police and Safety Director Mike Borr said the school was "beginning to see a few instances of those who contracted the illness early on returning to good health and returning to the campus if they are not able to work remotely." He said he has responded to several questions about the status of university buildings and if more cases had been reported on campus.
"Know that these individuals have been cleared through the public health processes and, on a positive note, it is likely they possess a certain level of immunity to the disease," he wrote.
The university announced in early April one of its own tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, though few details were given on whether that person was a student, faculty or staff member or administrator. It was believed to be the first case of coronavirus at NDSU.
The university declined to provide further information on how many cases had been confirmed within its community.
"The initial notification for the first positive case that was sent to campus intended to make everyone aware that we had a confirmed case and that there is community spread of the virus that had reached our area," spokeswoman Brynn Rawlings said. "Notification of each additional case is not taking place because we have reached the point where people should be assuming it can be anywhere in the Fargo community and surrounding area, including NDSU."
As of Friday, April 17, North Dakota reported it had 439 positive cases of COVID-19, including 181 in Cass County. Cases are counted toward a county according to the patient's county of address, meaning a person who is infected could be in a different county from where they live when they test positive.
The state Department of Health has stood by its method of reporting cases, with Gov. Doug Burgum saying all North Dakotans should consider the coronavirus is in their communities.
Borr's statement gave advice on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as well as information on how the state tests and traces infections.