Health

Sanford Health praises nursing staff for their work during pandemic

Sanford VP says nurses have been dedicated to providing care

FARGO, N.D.-  Sanford Health is continuing to support its nurses through the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s having ambulatory staff pitch in, cutting back on surgeries & bringing in traveling nurses. This is in an effort to get the nurses some time off. In early November, Governor Doug Burgum said nurses who are positive and asymptomatic can continue working in the COVID-19…

North Dakota reports 5 new COVID-19 deaths

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Friday reported 5 additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 8,226 active cases in the state, a decrease of 119 since Thursday. Grand Forks County reported the largest number of new cases with 123.  Cass County reported 122 cases.   BY THE NUMBERS  7,951 – Total Tests from Yesterday* 1,119,225…

Sanford talks its role in COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The COVID vaccine is coming soon, and Sanford is getting prepared to handle it

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health is working hard to prepare its hospitals and clinics for the COVID-19 vaccine. Sanford has been in contact with governments across the states to make sure the facilities are ready to handle the vaccine. It’s still waiting on final details, like how much will be distributed to its locations. Each state will have its own…

MN, ND & SD Covid-19 cases & deaths update

NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA – North Dakota has 10 new coronavirus deaths and 952 new cases. Two deaths each are from Cass and Dickey counties. One person with the virus died in Foster County. North Dakota has more than 8,300 active Covid-19 cases. That’s 270 fewer since Wednesday. 302 people with the coronavirus are hospitalized. That’s five more…

UND student shares experience with contact tracing in a state where COVID-19 is surging

Kailee Leingang has shifted from identifying close contacts to being a case investigator.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Like many pursuing a career in the medical field, University of North Dakota nursing student, Kailee Leingang, felt compelled to do her part once the COVID-19 pandemic began. “I wanted to do as much as I could, but I knew that I didn’t have the license to do everything I wanted to do,” Leingang said. “If…

Kelby Krabbenhoft out as Sanford Health CEO

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health announces its Board of Trustees and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft have agreed to part ways. Krabbenhoft has lead the company since 1996. The health system says he “built the organization from a community hospital into the largest rural non-profit health system in the country, now spanning 26 states and 10 countries.” “Kelby’s impact on the…

Officials say Fargo businesses are following Covid-19 guidelines well

Response team continues serving as a staple tool in helping businesses comply with mandates

FARGO, N.D. — A week after Covid-19 protocols were implemented for North Dakota businesses, the Fargo Cass Public Health Covid Business Response Team has an update on how local establishments are keeping up. Since mask mandates and capacity limits went into effect, Fargo Cass Public Health’s Business response Team has been an essential tool to helping businesses comply with mandates….

LIVE: ND Family Has 19 Covid-Infected Members

There are pandemic tragedies everywhere in our state. This family's been hit extra hard.

A North Dakota woman who was the first in her family to get Covid-19 is speaking out after eighteen more members have since become infected with the virus. Ashlee Nordquist was left in a coma and on a ventilator after she got infected with the novel coronavirus at work in April. She’s in her 20s. Her brother, who’s in his…

Minnesota launches Covid-19 detection app to help slow the spread of Covid-19

The app will help notify people of potential exposure

MINNESOTA – A new smartphone app is helping curb the spread of Covid-19 in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz unveiled the new COVIDaware MN app. It allows people to be notified if someone who’s been near them has tested positive for the virus. It will also allow them to warn other people they may have been in contact with anonymously if…

North Dakota nurses reach their breaking point

With hospitals short staffed and at max capacity, nurses urge state officials for help.

NORTH DAKOTA – For weeks, North Dakota has led the country in most active cases per capita as its numbers continue to rise with a 14.99 percent daily positivity rate. Nurses in North Dakota say they are overwhelmed. “We needed these mitigation measures weeks ago. Our hospitals and our healthcare centers across our state are being stretched to their breaking…