Current risk level for Williams County: ORANGE/HIGH

risk-level - orange level
Orange/High Risk is the level of significant transmission and high risk for exposure due to widespread community spread of infections.

The risk level is set by Governor Burgum's office. More information, including specific information about what each level means, can be found in the ND Smart Restart Guidelines.

The North Dakota Department Health (NDDoH) is the agency responsible for tracking and disseminating case information. For information and access to data, please visit their COVID-19 Dashboard.

Testing Events
Expanding testing plays a major role in keeping North Dakota open. In addition to social distancing, mask wearing and washing your hands frequently, testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19. Identifying positive cases of COVID-19 early is the only way to quickly trace and isolate.

The Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU), in conjunction with Williston State College (WSC), will host community COVID-19 testing events on the WSC campus.

Monday, October 26 |  4-6pm  |  Art Wood Building

Please note the new location for Fall/Winter. See map below.
COVID-19 testing events are open to the entire community. The testing is free and takes only minutes, with walk up and drive thru options both available. 

Preregistration will further minimize waiting times and expedite testing. If you have registered once you do not need to do it again if getting re-tested.

Find a list of other testing locations here.

In addition to COVID-19 testing, UMDHU in conjunction with WSC is hosting drive thru flu shot events on the WSC campus in the Art Wood building every Friday from 8:30am - 5pm until November 6. Appointments can also be made by calling 701.774.6400.

Individuals are asked to bring their insurance card and a pen and to wear a mask.

See map below for the drive thru flu shot route.

City of Williston Buildings

Office vestibules and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.

Williston Community Library: Upon recommendation of the ND Department of Health, the Williston Community Library will remain closed until Monday, October 26 due to COVID-19 exposure. The goal of the Library is to keep library patrons and staff safe. During the closure, the library will be thoroughly disinfected and render it safe for public use.

Public Meetings
Until further notice, all public meetings will only be held virtually.

Regular City Commission meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6pm.

Liquor Licenses
On Wednesday, September 23, the City of Williston City Commission adopted a resolution to suspend the use of liquor licenses for the purposes of special events. This resolution is in effect until further notice.

City of Williston Internal COVID-19 Guidelines
In response to the transition for Williams County from the low risk level (green) to the moderate risk level (yellow) under the ND Smart Restart color-coded health guidance on September 3, the City of Williston introduced additional internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

On October 14, Governor Doug Burgum announced changes to the North Dakota (ND) Smart Restart Protocols and to COVID-19 risk levels in numerous ND counties.

As of Friday, October 16, Williams County has transitioned from the moderate risk level (yellow) to the high risk level (orange).

In response to the risk level change, the City of Williston has amended its internal guidelines for workplace response and staff and visitor safety.

The COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines include three Risk Levels that correspond to the ND Smart Restart levels: 

  • New Normal (blue) OR Low (green)
  • Moderate (yellow) or High (orange)
  • Critical (red)

From Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Sunday, October 19, 2020, the COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines were in effect at the Moderate level.

As of Monday, October 19, 2020, the COVID-19 Tiered Response Guidelines are in effect at the High level.

Measures taken at the High level include:

  • Office vestibules and and reception areas remain open to the public, but masks are required for all visitors and shall be provided at entry points. Staff meetings are by appointment only.
  • Large public meetings may be held in person with appropriate distancing measures, while not exceeding 25% of room occupancy, but will also be offered virtually.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available in all office vestibules, reception areas, and conference rooms for staff and public use.

Press Releases
20.10.19 | City of Williston amends internal COVID-19 Guidelines
20.9.23 | City of Williston and COVID-19 Risk Level

20.9.10 | City of Williston introduces additional internal COVID-19 guidelines

COVID-19 Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website | Facebook
  • North Dakota Department of Health Website | Facebook  For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1.866.207.2880 from 8am-5pm, Monday through Saturday. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider. 
  • Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU) Website | Facebook
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center Website | Facebook

COVID-19 Quick Links

Page updated: 20.10.21