Coronavirus-MN

KVRR Morning News Special: COVID-19 vaccinations – Finding Answers

Your biggest questions about getting the Covid vaccine in our region answered by the people who put the vaccine program together.

We’re tackling today some of your top questions about the Covid vaccine program in the Red River Region and beyond, and we couldn’t have done it without your help. The Director of Nursing, Fargo Cass Public Health’s Suzanne Schaefer, took two hours today to talk with our Morning Show anchors live about the biggest questions you still have about the…

Sanford Health seeing increased vaccine allotments, prepares for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Health Department says the state is receiving 6,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. Minnesota is getting more than 45,000 doses. Dr. Doug Griffin says Sanford is beginning to see a significant increase in overall vaccine distributions. This week will be its largest week of distribution thus far with…

Mammograms and the Covid Vaccine

When they get together, the result can be misleading, doctors say.

If you’re headed in for a mammogram or thinking about booking one soon, be sure to tell your doctor if you’ve gotten any of the Covid vaccines. That’s because swollen lymph nodes, which are a side effect of some vaccinations, including Covid, can raise your doctor’s suspicions about breast cancer. Sanford Health physicians say a few people have already come…

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious…

Gov. Tim Walz announces next steps in Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

People with specific high-risk health conditions and targeted essential workers will be eligible in April

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota’s vaccine plan moving forward focuses on those who’ve been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic: the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, BIPOC communities, and essential workers. Gov. Tim Walz says he wants 70% of Minnesotans 65 years and older vaccinated by the end of March. Vaccine eligibility will be expanded once that goal is reached. “This…

Moorhead Schools encourages students to get Covid-19 tests every two weeks

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Health officials with Moorhead Area Public Schools approve of the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendation for students to get tested for Covid-19 every two weeks until the end of the school year. State health officials say 17 percent of the state’s Covid-19 cases have come from those under the age of 20. Moorhead district officials say they…

Governor Walz to Discuss Path Forward for Vaccinating Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will announce Thursday the next priority groups to get the COVID-19 vaccine. According to health officials, nearly 42% of Minnesota seniors have had at least the first dose. Walz will wait until 70% of senior citizens get the COVID-19 vaccine before expanding eligibility. Earlier this week, Walz said he was considering whether…

LIVE: YWCA Sees Spike in Kid Clients

The silent crisis brewing beneath the pandemic is emerging this winter.

FARGO, N.D. — The eerie slowdown at one of the region’s biggest women’s and children’s shelters appears to be over. The YWCA of Cass and Clay Counties serves mostly women and children escaping domestic violence. At first, during the pandemic, shelter workers noticed clients calling more, but not showing up for their appointments to get help and a new safe…

LIVE: Gearing Up for Giving Hearts Day

The need may never have been greater.

The folks at the region’s many nonprofits are hoping our hearts are a little bit bigger than usual this year. Because while Giving Hearts Day is typically one of our top times for charitable giving in the region, it’s also happening this time around after nearly an entire year’s worth of recession. That’s hitting the region’s nonprofits hard. So, because…