Coronavirus

Fergus Falls School Board votes not to extend mask mandate

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (KVRR) – Starting Monday, students in preschool through sixth grades in Fergus Falls Public Schools will no longer be required to wear masks. The district will strongly recommend them. The mandate was scheduled to end on Sunday and the School Board voted 4-2 Thursday morning to not extend it. The district says updated information was presented on…

White House plans to vaccinate 5 to 11-year-olds, pending FDA approval for Pfizer

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The White House has unveiled its plan to vaccinate millions of kids ages 5 to 11 against the coronavirus. It’ll be put in motion as soon as the FDA approves Pfizer’s vaccine for that age group, which may happen as soon as the first week of November. Advisers to the FDA are scheduled to meet next…

Mask Mandate In Fergus Falls Stirs Mixed Emotions

Dozens of Parents Packed Kennedy Secondary School To Express Their Feelings About The New Mask Mandate For Pre- K Through Sixth Grade Students

FERGUS FALLS, MINN. (KVRR) – Dozens of parents from the Fergus Falls school district gathered today at Kennedy Secondary school to express their feelings one way or another on the new mask mandate for kids in Pre-K through 6th grade. Parents wanted to know why this age group, medical officials and superintendent Jeff Drake explained it was due to the…

Health officials urge flu shots as need to reduce hospitalizations continues

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — This flu season is expected to be worse than the unusually mild one we experienced last winter. Fewer people got the flu last winter because of COVID-19 prevention measures like wearing masks, social distancing, and traveling less. With many people back at work and school, this year will likely be different. “Get the COVID vaccine, get…

White House believes business vaccine requirements “is the right thing to do”

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – The White House COVID Vaccinations Coordinator says coronavirus vaccination requirements for businesses is “the right thing to do.” The Biden Administration says the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule. It would require businesses with one hundred or more employees to mandate their workers be fully vaccinated or undergo rigorous testing. In an interview with KVRR, Dr….

More than 8,000 North Dakotans have received three COVID-19 vaccine shots, including booster doses

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Roughly 8,000 North Dakotans have received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s Department of Health. That includes people who are immunocompromised and were recommended to get a third Moderna dose, as well as those who got the Pfizer booster dose beginning late last week. “COVID vaccines do continue to be highly effective…

Fargo School Board votes down motion to end mask mandate

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a 7 to 2 vote, Fargo School Board members decide not to update the district’s policy to recommend masking versus mandating them. A discussion over recommending versus mandating masks in Fargo schools was brought up two weeks ago by Board Member Jennifer Benson. At this week’s meeting, she continued to advocate for parents who want…

Health experts and Fargo-Moorhead officials urge COVID-19 vaccinations

"This is reaching a new level. It's affecting the children in our community. It's time, so with all do respect we ask for your consideration."

FARGO-MOORHEAD (KVRR) — City leaders and health experts are urging people to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, officials are placing an urgent call as they say cases are beginning to overwhelm hospital resources. “We don’t usually reach out to the public unless we think there’s a serious issue here. Our people are…

“Significant” virtual Covid-19 briefing Friday involving health experts, Fargo & Cass County leaders

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The City of Fargo is hosting what it calls a significant virtual public briefing Friday, September 24th at noon urging people to do what they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Sanford Health, Essentia Health, Fargo Cass Public Health, Fargo, West Fargo and county leaders will urge people to get vaccinated and wear masks…