Current risk level for Williams County: ORANGE/HIGH

Effective 10/16/2020 at 5 pm CT

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 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. Find a list of testing locations here.

Identifying positive cases of COVID-19 early is the only way to quickly trace and isolate.

Williams County Buildings
*Wearing a mask while visiting a Williams County building or interacting with County employees is highly encouraged.*

On March 31, 2020, Williams County Commission Chairman Steve Kemp signed a public health emergency declaration for Williams County in response to the ongoing local, national, and global COVID-19 situation. The declaration is in effect until the emergency is determined to have ended.

By declaring a local state of emergency, additional financial resources can be expended from the County’s emergency reserve fund as needed and the County will have increased flexibility for obtaining and securing resources for the COVID-19 response.

Public Meetings
Board and Commission meetings are open for physical attendance effective June 15th, but continue to be available for virtual participation, more information is available at

Conduct County Business by Phone or Online
Department phone numbers:
Pay property taxes online:
Remote inmate visitation using HomeWAV:  

Williston DMV Registration Branch Office
All services from the Williston DMV are available by appointment. Appointments can be scheduled online at the ND Department of Transportation's website. Appointments for Passport Services should be made by calling the DMV directly at 701-713-3410.

Williams County Sheriff's Office
Effective Friday, March 13th at 5:30 pm, the Williams County Correctional Center has suspended all volunteer activity and programming until further notice and onsite visitation has been closed, but video visitation is possible via HomeWAV (   

Any call to the Sheriff’s Office that is determined to be a non-emergency will be handled via phone or email. In the event that face-to-face contact between a Deputy and the public is required, they may ask the individual(s) additional questions about their travel history and/or any respiratory symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat) they may be experiencing. More information and updates from the Sheriff’s Office can be found in this press release:
Information about COVID-19

Resources for COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

North Dakota Department of Health 

For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider. 

Upper Missouri District Health Unit (UMDHU)

COVID-19 Quick Links
Everyday Tips for COVID-19 Prevention

COVID-19 Mythbusters from the World Health Organization

Guidance for Townships
Please visit the ND Township Officers Association "Hot Topics" website for more information.

More Information and Updates
For more information and updates, please follow Williams County on the following Facebook pages:
Williams County
Williams County/Williston Emergency Management
Williams County Sheriff's Office
NDSU Extension - Williams County

206 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047


© 2020 Williams County
site by DAWA