Health

Breaking down coronavirus testing, sample collection process

As we continue the fight to slow down the spread of COVID-19, testing people for the illness is a key factor in that battle

FARGO, N.D.  — For the past couple of months, both Essentia Health and Sanford have been preparing for the novel coronavirus. “We had the luxury of being, you know, an Atlantic ocean away and it took a while for that illness to get here, so we were much better prepared,” says Essentia Health West Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Vetter. Preparing…

Grand Forks updates community on region’s COVID-19 fight

Mayor Mike Brown and public health officials held a virtual news conference to discuss future plans

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Forks, but that may change. “They are in Ward County, Morton County, Burleigh County ad Cass County. We feel that as a population center in North Dakota, it will just be a matter of time before we have cases here in our region,” said Grand Forks Public…

Homeless shelters make adjustments amid coronavirus concerns

In 2018, more than 3,000 people received homeless services either in Cass or Clay Counties

FARGO, N.D. — With social distancing becoming the temporary norm, homeless shelters across the metro are looking for ways to serve their guests while keeping them safe. Some shelters have made adjustments like discontinued onsite meal services and limited access into their buildings. Some are also screening guests for symptoms as they come through the doors. An official at the…

Burgum finalizes e-learning requirements, orders bars & restaurants to close to dine-in customers

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announces schools will be closed until further notice. He also orders bars, restaurants cafes and breweries to close to dine-in customers to help curb community spread of the Coronavirus. Burgum signed several Coronavirus executive orders. Schools have been granted waivers for seven more days which pays teachers and hourly employees. E-learning will…

LIVE: Pet Connection: Time to Try Fostering

Fight loneliness from social distancing with the one kind of new friend it's okay to snuggle up with.

Here on the Morning Show, we want to reflect best practices when it comes to safety from COVID-19. So we’re following social distancing instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, staying six or more feet apart in-studio, and no longer bringing guests as a general rule. We may invite guests on, on a case-by-case basis, for visits from…

Covid-19 Case in Wadena County, Total in MN Now 89

The northernmost cases previously were in Stearns and Benton counties.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota has risen to 89, up 12 from Wednesday. The new cases include one in Wadena County in north-central Minnesota. It’s the state’s first confirmed case so far north. The northernmost cases previously were in Stearns and Benton counties. The count of confirmed cases from the Minnesota Department of Health…

LIVE: Daily White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to provide updates at approximately 10 a.m. The President has led each briefing so far and answered questions when the update has concluded. Categories: Coronavirus, Health Tags: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Task Force, COVID-19, news briefing, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, Update, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE

Minnesota has 1,700 Frozen Samples Waiting on Coronavirus Testing but Tests are in Short Supply

Walz says he is hearing the same thing from other governors.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9)–Governor Tim Walz says he is deeply concerned there is not enough testing available in Minnesota for officials to combat the coronavirus outbreak. As of Wednesday, the governor says there are 1,700 frozen, untested samples waiting to be tested for COVID-19. In recent days, state officials, along with other leaders around the country, have said the…

West Acres temporarily closing Thursday night

FARGO, N.D. – West Acres Mall has decided to close its doors at 6:00 Thursday night until March 31st for the health and safety of customers and employees. “We respect the recommendations from North Dakota Governor, Doug Burgum, to close community gathering spaces. It is our responsibility to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by closing…

Fargo schools working hard to feed students out of school because of Coronavirus

FARGO, N.D. – Though COVID-19 has caused schools to close their doors that hasn’t stopped them from providing for their students. Now through Friday, five Fargo schools are providing breakfast and lunch pick ups. They include Ed Clapp, Madison and Jefferson elementaries and North and South high schools. The district is working together to meet the dietary needs of its…