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FDA approves mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

WASHINGTON – Regulators are extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  They also said Wednesday anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food and Drug Administration announcement marks a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, which began with extra doses of…

CDC says vaccine recipients are considered fully vaccinated without booster

(AP) – Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even without a booster. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you’re fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or…

Federal panel rejects COVID-19 booster shots for most Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) – An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, dealing a heavy blow to the Biden administration’s effort to shore up people’s protection amid the highly contagious delta variant. The vote by the committee of outside experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration was 16-2,…

Delta Variant has hospitals reaching capacity as COVID-19 cases soar

"In the last few weeks we have experienced a very high number of patients as the Delta variant continues to spread."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Health officials are yet again warning of the severity of COVID-19 as cases across Cass and Clay counties continue to rise. “Given the urgency of our current situation we felt it necessary to update the community as we enter our fourth wave with the Delta variant changing the game,” Fargo Cass Public Health Director, Desi Fleming…

Burgum will not require COVID-19 vaccine for state employees

Gov. Doug Burgum receives a COVID-19 vaccination.BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he no plans to order state employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. “We’re going to keep focusing on education, not mandates.  The mandates seem to have a bad reaction in our state.  They probably work somewhere, here they probably have the reverse effect” Burgum…

Watch: Moorhead Public Schools enacts mask mandate

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – A contentious school board meeting in Moorhead after a vote came up on universal masking for all staff and students in the public schools. Moorhead School Board Chair Cassidy Bjorklund said, “You guys can go out, go out. You can please leave, please leave. Out! Officer can you please remove them?” The issue set off a crowd…

Face Masks Required Indoors at UND Starting Monday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Just days after UND President Andrew Armacost said he wasn’t mandating face masks this semester, there has been a change of course. As classes begin on Monday, a face mask requirement is now in place for all indoor spaces at UND including classrooms, academic buildings, hallways, administrative buildings and Chester Fritz Library and other spots. It…

People Who Are Immunocompromised Encouraged To Get Booster Shot

FARGO, N.D. — Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are now recommended for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. North Dakota Department of Health is urging those North Dakotans to consider getting the additional dose to increase their immunity to COVID. Included in CDC’s recommendation are recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV…

CDC raises Cass County transmission level from Substantial to High

FARGO (KVRR) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has placed Cass County in the highest risk category for COVID-19 transmission rates. Cass County joins 2469 other US counties with a “High Transmission” designation, driven by low vaccination rates and a higher transmission rate for the Delta variant. On Friday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Cass County stood…