Coronavirus

Fargo’s vaccination rate is 50 percent

The virtual meeting gives people an update on where we stand in the Covid 19 pandemic and vaccinations

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo Cass Public Health says the city is nearing a Covid-19 vaccination milestone despite a change in vaccinations. Earlier this week the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was put on pause. Six people out of the more than six million who received the vaccine developed blood clots. Fargo Cass Public Health says they had to make some…

Hundreds of vaccinated Minnesotans still contract COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Health officials say hundreds of Minnesotans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus became infected with COVID-19, dozens needed to be hospitalized and six people died. Data from the state Department of Health shows the vaccines are highly effective in Minnesota, but that it remains unclear how well they protect against the more contagious variants of COVID-19. Health…

Man Accused of Assaulting Menard’s Worker Over Masks, Hits Officer With Hammer

HUTCHINSON, Minn. — A man accused of assaulting a Menard’s employee in Hutchinson, Minnesota on Wednesday, also drags an officer and hits him in the head with a hammer. Police say the 61-year-old suspect hit the Menard’s worker with some lumber after a mask dispute. Police responded and a “slow speed pursuit” began near the Hutchinson Mall. The man stopped…

Pet Connection: Meet Bogart

Talk about tall, dark, and handsome.

A big star is making his debut this morning on Pet Connection. With rugged appeal and good looks, big guy Bogart is a mastiff cross who made his way to Homeward Animal Shelter via a brief stop first at the local animal pound. As you can see from the video of him with Homeward’s Heather Klefstad, Bogart is a lot…

Essentia Health & Sanford Health share how J&J vaccine pause impacts ND & MN

"The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it's exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related."

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – As the FDA and CDC pause the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, local health care facilities are following their guidance. “The incidents out of 6.8 million doses only have six reported cases. Again, it’s exceedingly rare and how to even know if the two are related,” Essentia Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Vetter said….

No cases of blood clot issues from Covid-19 vaccines reported in MN & ND

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – The North Dakota and Minnesota departments of health are not aware of any cases of blood clot issues with people who have gotten the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The departments advise health providers to follow the federal pause of that vaccine. The only safety concern identified with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are…

U.S. recommends “pause” in Johnson & Johnson vaccine to investigate blood clotting issues

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating clots in six women that occurred in the days after vaccination. The clots were…

No vaccine, no service? Local attorney says “vaccine passports” are legal

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – As COVID-19 vaccinations continue ramping up, a local legal expert weighs in on the so-called “vaccine passports.” Some businesses, universities and airlines have already begun asking customers for proof of vaccination. Labor and Employment Law Attorney Lisa Edison-Smith with Vogel Law in Fargo says businesses have the right to require vaccination proof from both customers and…

LIVE: Help From Home, for a Six-Year-Old with Brain Cancer

Let's send her a little love and support, Red-River-Valley-style.

If you’ve ever spent any time in the hospital, you know that pretty much all you’re thinking about is getting home again. But 6-year-old Ava Berthiaume isn’t battling back against the brain cancer, that struck 3 years ago, in a bed at nearby Sanford or Essentia. She’s stuck in a faraway hospital in Memphis, Tennesee as part of a trial…

MATBUS Offers Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccinations

"Passengers who board the MAT bus can tell the driver that they are going to a vaccination site and they will give them a free ride round trip to a vaccination site for both of their shots."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A reliable method of transportation is helping get more people to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. We stopped charging fares March 23rd of last year to March 31st of this year and that was to protect our drivers. We started loading passengers through the back door and not going through the fair box and that was to…