Coronavirus

Vitalant Testing Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Blood donors looking to see if they have necessary antibodies to fight off a new COVID-19 variant for immunocompromised patients are turning to Vitalant. The antibodies in convalescent plasma can give COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems an extra boost to help fight the disease. It’s used to help patients in a critical state of need…

Gehrig asks for studies on mask effectiveness at City Commission meeting

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig asks for a presentation on clinical studies showing masking stops the spread of COVID-19, especially in children at schools. North Dakota State University Professor of Public Health Dr. Paul Carson and Sanford Health Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Avish Nagpal shared research published in medical journals and by the CDC. One from…

Covid testing demand & positivity rates drop at Moorhead testing site

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – There’s fewer people getting tested for Covid-19 at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School in Moorhead. Thankfully, the amount of people testing positive is declining. The organization’s Public Health Administrator briefed the Dilworth City Council on everything coronavirus in the county. More than 105,000 coronavirus tests have been taken at the former Edison Elementary, but the…

Frontline workers and DFLers push for Legislature to pass pandemic bonuses

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota frontline workers and Democrats call for immediate action in the legislature to deliver a $1 billion package giving them a pandemic bonus. The plan gives 667,000 health care, nursing home, maintenance, child care, and education workers $1,500 bonuses. To qualify, someone must have worked at least 120 hours between March 15th, 2020, and June 30th of…

Moorhead City Council votes down mask requirement

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead city leaders reject a mask requirement for indoor public places similar to one in Rochester by a vote of three to five. Councilmember Shelly Dahlquist made the motion after the council passed a resolution urging people to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Shelly Carlson said she was against a mask mandate…

Essentia Health is part of nationwide study evaluating medication for Covid treatment

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Essentia Health joins a nationwide study to evaluate medications to find effective, safe treatments for COVID-19. The meds in the study are already approved by the FDA for other health issues. Fluticasone is prescribed for asthma and COPD. Fluvoxamine is given to people dealing with depression and ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections. The Activ-6…

North Dakota Coronavirus Update

Omicron cases continue to grow across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — “It was just a really disheartening experience I think for all of us at public health. We rely heavily on vaccines and historically always have and for people to question that science it was really hard,” says Demi Fleming, Director of Public Health at Fargo Cass Public Health. The omicron variant continues to surge throughout North…

Twin Cities restore mask mandate

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said the requirement would take effect in both cities at 5 p.m. Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota’s two largest cities moved Wednesday to reimpose mask requirements in businesses and public places as the omicron variant of coronavirus spreads rapidly. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said the requirement would take effect in both cities at 5 p.m. Thursday. Frey said it’s essential to keep the city healthy and moving,…