Coronavirus

North Dakota public health officials warn of rising Delta variant COVID-19 cases

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – As the Delta variant makes its way around North Dakota, public health officials are once again stressing the importance of getting vaccinated. An NDSU public health professor says it’s only a matter of time before those who are unvaccinated get infected. “As the World Health Organization calls it, they describe it as the fastest and the…

Sanford Health to require employee COVID-19 vaccination

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health is requiring its employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by November 1st. Sanford Health Fargo Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says although the decision has been under consideration for some time, the resurgence of COVID-19 variants is one of the reasons for the mandate. “That’s probably maybe moved the timeline up a little…

Delta variant cases on the rise in ND

"The CDC estimates about 56 percent of the cases in our region are the Delta variant."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — Concerns over a possible surge in COVID-19 cases run high as more cases of the Delta variant make their way to North Dakota. As Delta variant cases grow throughout the nation health experts warn of growing cases throughout the upper Midwest. “It’s more easily transmissible and it’s now making up more than half of the cases…

Fargo Board of Education censures member who hasn’t worn a mask at meetings

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Fargo Board of Education votes 6-2 to censure Member Jennifer Benson for refusing to wear a mask during meetings. She claims the mask policy is illegal. Benson argues she isn’t an employee of the district and the board cannot ask her about her medical history to provide an exemption to the rule. “You have said…

Artist teams up with MN DOH to inform overlooked communities about COVID-19

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – A Minnesota artist teams up with the state’s Department of Health in order to reach some communities that may be getting left behind in the pandemic. For months on end, public health messages have surrounded us, but those in certain communities weren’t always getting reached. “A lot of it was disparities in the African American community,” said…

NDDoH expert: No concerns about vaccinated people ditching masks

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — An epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health says vaccinated people should have no concerns about ditching face masks. Brenton Nesemeier says recent studies show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping people out of hospitals and from dying. As of Tuesday, 52 percent of people in Cass County are fully vaccinated against the…

Walz to end Minnesota’s mask mandate following CDC announcement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will sign an order Friday morning ending the state’s mask mandate to follow Centers For Disease Control and Prevention guidance on face coverings. Minnesotans who aren’t fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear face coverings indoors. Businesses and cities can still make their own mask mandates. However, masks are still required…

ND Dept. of Health shares difficulties ahead in vaccinating adolescents

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health shares why it’s so important to get 12 to 15 year olds vaccinated for Covid-19 now that the Pfizer vaccine is available to them. Health experts say children often show no symptoms or mild symptoms. They can also get multi system inflammatory syndrome which can lead to neurological disorders. North…

‘Remembering the Forgotten Pandemic’: Student exhibit examines 1918 Spanish Flu

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Wednesday marked opening night for a new exhibit examining the Spanish Flu and the lives it took in the Red River Valley. Behind a glass case at the Hjemkomst Center, diaries, letters and newspapers show calls for quarantines, face masks and business closures across the Red River Valley. “With COVID-19 going on at the moment, you…

Essentia Health offers post COVID-19 rehabilitation program

We're not just guessing at what the patient needs help with, we're letting real data drive how we're deciding to help them."

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) — Essentia Health launches a COVID-19 patient rehabilitation program for those suffering with long term effects from the virus. “I tell people he’s our blueprint. We know how to get somebody better with COVID from about as bad as you can have it and be as worn down from it as you can be,” Essentia…