Healthy blood donors needed among Coronavirus concerns

Those at Vitalant say there's been a drastic decline in donors

FARGO, N.D. — Staff at Vitalant in Fargo say the need for blood donations is more urgent amid coronavirus concerns. They say there’s been a decline in donors coming in and a 30 percent increase in no-shows. The CDC says it’s highly unlikely COVID-19 can be transmitted through blood transfusions. Those at Vitalant say it’s imperative that healthy people donate…

Dow Jones Has Worst Day Since 2008 Thanks To Coronavirus & Falling Oil Prices

Paul Meyers of Legacy Wealth Management joined KVRR To Talk About The Markets

FARGO, N.D. — A free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from the spreading coronavirus outbreak cause a massive sell-off on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank nearly 8%, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008. The Dow lost 2013 points. The sharp drops triggered the first automatic halts in trading in two decades….

Grand Forks Couple On Cruise Ship With Coronavirus Cases

Kari and Paul Kolstoe of Grand Forks are on the Grand Princess cruise ship

OAKLAND, CA —  A cruise ship carrying at least 21 people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus has arrived at a California port Monday after being held at sea for several days, as cases of the virus spiked across the United States. Kari and Paul Kolstoe of Grand Forks are on the Grand Princess cruise ship. Kari told Reuters that they…

Results are Negative for Four People Tested for Coronavirus in North Dakota

Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider before going to the clinic. 

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health tested four people for novel coronavirus disease over the weekend. All four tests came back negative. The individuals tested contacted their healthcare professionals who then contacted the Department of Health to request the tests. State Lab Director, Dr. Christie Massen said, “The process worked how it should. Concerned individuals talked with their health…

Healthy Blood Donors Needed for Hospital Patients Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The blood collection process is safe and has no impact on the donor's immune system.

FARGO, N.D.–Vitalant and other blood centers nationwide are encouraging healthy individuals to donate blood to ensure hospitals have enough in case COVID-19 infections increase. All blood types and components are needed especially platelets and type O blood. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days so frequent donations are important, and type O blood is the universal blood type….

Minnesota announces first Coronavirus case

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Health officials have confirmed the first case of Coronavirus in Minnesota. They say the case is an older adult in Ramsey County who was recently on a cruise ship with another passenger who had the illness. The Minnesota patient began to develop symptoms on February 25th and sought health care on Thursday. The Department of Health…

Natasha Leggero Drops Out of Fargo Comedy Fest Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The Fargo Comedy Fest starts at 9 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre.

FARGO, N.D.–The second annual Fargo Comedy Fest’s lineup has changed last minute due to the coronavirus. Friday’s opening act, Natasha Leggero, is no longer making the trip to Fargo to perform on Friday. She was slated to open the show followed by her husband, Moshe Kasher. Leggero says she is concerned about leaving her child in LA when the city is…

Vice President Pence Thanks 3M, Says U.S. Preparing for More Coronavirus Cases

3M makes millions of the masks every month.

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (FOX 9)–Vice President Mike Pence toured the 3M Innovation Center on Thursday, thanking company executives for increasing production of face masks as he outlined plans to prepare the U.S. for more cases of the coronavirus. Pence projected confidence about the U.S. response to the virus, which has sickened more than 97,000 worldwide and has alarmed public health officials,…

Local senior care facilities address Coronavirus concerns

Some have limited visitors from coming in and are focusing on hygiene of their tenants and employees

FARGO, N.D. — Between its two locations in Fargo, Bethany Retirement Living usually sees about 300 visitors a day. But with concerns over the Coronavirus and other infectious diseases like the flu, staff members are trying to cut that number down to zero. “We’re asking people that if they don’t need to come and visit, don’t,” says Grant Richardson at…

Senate Passes Coronavirus Emergency Funding Package

Approximately 85 percent of the funding will be spent domestically.

WASHINGTON–The United States Senate passed an emergency funding package to help combat the current coronavirus outbreak. The $8.3 billion package includes $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $3.1 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund under the Department of Health and Human Services, and $20 million for administrative expenses to help businesses affected…