Coronavirus News

Grand Forks County extends face mask mandate

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- People in Grand Forks County will still be required to wear face coverings in many public settings even though Gov. Doug Burgum is dropping a statewide mask requirement effective Monday. Grand Forks Health Officer Dr. Joel…

LIVE: Freezing Out Covid at Frostival

It's the first major event for most of the metro's public parks since the pandemic struck last March -- and the timing couldn't be better. Frostival is underway for the next few weeks, just in…

Fargo Public Schools returning to In-Person Instruction

FARGO (KVRR) - Beginning Jan. 19, all grade levels in Fargo Public Schools will return to In-Person Instruction with restrictions, five days per week. A special committee will continue to monitor local data and make changes as needed based on…

Indoor service for bars, restaurants resumes in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.  - Beginning today (Jan. 11) Minnesota bars and restaurants may resume indoor service with limits, as COVID-19 cases have been declining. The eased restrictions returns bars and restaurants about to where they were before Gov. Tim Walz…

Five cases of new COVID-19 strain found in Minnesota

MINNESOTA -- The Minnesota Department of Health announced the new variant strain of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom was positively identified in five people of four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area. Four of the cases…

Essentia Health plans for public vaccination

NORTH DAKOTA -- Essentia Health will be notifying patients who live in North Dakota in the coming weeks to let them know when they are invited to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Essentia Health patients are encouraged to sign up for…

Red River Valley Fair to return in July

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) - The Red River Valley Fair Executive Board of Directors has voted to move the Red River Valley Fair to a 10-day fair this summer This year's fair will be July 9 through July 18 at…

Walz loosens Minnesota's COVID-19 restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) - Gov. Tim Walz has announced several changes to a long list of coronavirus-related executive orders. The loosened restrictions will go into effect Jan. 11. “The situation in Minnesota is undeniably better than it was last…

North Dakota distributes two-thirds of COVID-19 vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota health officials say the most recent date shows that the state has administered about two-thirds of its COVID-19 vaccine. The state has received 35,250 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and dispensed 22,241…

Covid-19 variant not detected yet in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) - State health officials say so far, a new and more contagious variant of COVID-19 has not been detected in North Dakota. The mutated strain of COVID-19 is turning up in a growing number of states including…

Man accused of pointing gun over lack of masks at fitness club

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - A Twin Cities-area man accused of pointing a gun at a fitness club manager after complaining that members were exercising without masks was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Sixty-four-year-old Michael Florhaug was arrested following the…

Walz to announce 'loosening' of restrictions on indoor dining

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will be announcing an easing of some COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor dining, due to decreasing coronavirus numbers in Minnesota according to a spokesman from the governor's office. "As COVID-19 numbers…

Burgum loosens COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) - Gov. Doug Burgum has lowered North Dakota’s statewide risk level for COVID-19 from high risk “orange” to moderate risk “yellow” and increasing capacity limits for restaurants, bars and gatherings. Bars, restaurants and other establishments have been…

Midwest economy improving but businesses less optimistic

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The economy continues improving in nine Midwest and Plains states but business leaders are less optimistic after the latest surge in coronavirus cases in the region. The overall index for the region suggests strong growth even…

North Dakota Updates Its COVID Vaccine Priority Groups

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Dakota Department of Health updates who will be next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The state has given just over 19,000 shots to health care workers and those in long-term care centers and…

Two North Dakotans have suspected allergic reaction to vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health has reported two suspected severe allergic reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The two people had no history of anaphylactic reactions and the incidents were unrelated. Neither person was hospitalized, and…

Two North Dakotans get allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health announces two people have gotten suspected allergic reactions after receiving the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials say they had no history of anaphylactic reactions and the two incidences were unrelated. The…

Attorney general looks to stop Winnebago New Year's Eve bash

WINNEBAGO, Minn. - Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he wants to shut down a planned New Year’s Eve party in Winnebago he because it violates Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order on activities that could spread COVID-19. Ellison said in…

Hoeven 'evaluating' Trump's $2,000 stimulus proposal

WASHINGTON (KVRR) - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) says he's in the process of evaluating whether to support President Trump's request to approve $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus payments. Trump recently signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that provides stimulus payments of…

Fargo bar faces possible penalties for COVID-19 violations

FARGO (KVRR/KFGO) - Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski says a bar could face a penalty for multiple violations of the mask mandate and limited capacity executive order enacted to curb the spread of COVID-19. Zibolski told city commissioners in the…

COVID-19 cases surge at federal death row prison in Indiana

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (KVRR) - The federal prison where Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. remains on death row has more COVID-19 cases than any other federal prison in the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there are currently 410 inmates…

North Dakota COVID-19 cases drop by 145, four deaths reported

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health on Monday reported four additional deaths from COVID-19. There are currently 1,878 active cases in the state, a decrease of 145 since Sunday.  108 people are hospitalized. Cass County reported…

2020 'pretty terrible year' for North Dakota oil industry

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota’s top oil regulator says 2020 will be known for the rapid collapse of crude prices in the spring, leading to dismantled rigs and idled wells. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms called it "a pretty…

COVID-19 rapid testing available at Hector International Airport

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) -- Beginning Saturday, December 26th, the North Dakota Army National Guard will be providing rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving at Hector International Airport. Tests will be self-administered by travelers and results will be ready approximately 15…

FBI warns of potential COVID-19 vaccine scams

MINNEAPOLIS- As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available, the FBI is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers. They could come in phone calls, emails and texts. The FBI says scammers might…