North Dakota Department of Health Division of Microbiology

Welcome to the Division of Microbiology

Testing services support the investigation of disease outbreaks and provide direction for disease prevention and control activities. The laboratory serves in a reference capacity for local health units, private and community healthcare facilities and veterinary laboratories. Testing methods address specific public health issues such as emerging infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and bioterrorism preparedness. Timely sample testing aides in the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases and many other diseases. Environmental hazard mitigation is accomplished through monitoring water and dairy products for compliance through mosquito surveillance activities and through support of investigational responses to natural or man-made disasters. In addition, outreach programs provide training in safety and laboratory testing methods and promote cooperative sharing with other agencies, both public and private.

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is to protect and enhance the health and safety of all North Dakotans and the environment in which we live. To accomplish our mission, the NDDoH is committed to improving the health status of the people of ND, improving access to and delivery of quality health care, preserving and improving the quality of the environment, promoting a state of emergency readiness and response, and achieving strategic outcomes within available resources.

New Memo's

BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel 2.1 PCR - September 23, 2020

BioFire FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel PCR - September 8, 2020

Discontinuation of Tests - July 8, 2020

Abbott ID Now Update - May 21, 2020

Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG Testing - May 14, 2020

Suspension of Rabies Testing at NDPHL - March 27, 2020

Suspension of Hepatitis C Genotype and Hepatitis C RNA Testing at NDPHL - March 27, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (Novel Coronavirus)

North Dakota COVID-19 Guidance

SARS-CoV-2 Collection Instructions-Nasopharyngeal

SARS-CoV-2 Collection Instructions-Oropharyngeal

SARS-CoV-2 Hotline Number: 1-866-207-2880