Coronavirus

No cases of blood clot issues from Covid-19 vaccines reported in MN & ND

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA (KVRR) – The North Dakota and Minnesota departments of health are not aware of any cases of blood clot issues with people who have gotten the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. The departments advise health providers to follow the federal pause of that vaccine. The only safety concern identified with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are…

No vaccine, no service? Local attorney says “vaccine passports” are legal

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – As COVID-19 vaccinations continue ramping up, a local legal expert weighs in on the so-called “vaccine passports.” Some businesses, universities and airlines have already begun asking customers for proof of vaccination. Labor and Employment Law Attorney Lisa Edison-Smith with Vogel Law in Fargo says businesses have the right to require vaccination proof from both customers and…

Medical expert addresses COVID-19 vaccination concerns

Vaccine hesitancy is going to be I think one of our next major challenges in bringing this pandemic to heal."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Some people may be hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. “The World Health Organization has identified vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health since 2019,” NDSU Professor of Practice and Medical Director Dr. Paul Carson said. NDSU Medical Director Paul Carson says it’s something he does not take lightly. “We’re certainly…

Program seeks to educate staff at assisted living facilities about COVID-19 vaccines

The first set of presentations took place at Bethany Retirement Living on University Drive

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A pilot program launched by NDSU aims to educate employees at assisted living facilities about the importance of getting vaccinated. Tiffeny Hestdalen is an Infection Preventionist for Bethany Retirement Living. As you can imagine, she’s kept busy this past year. “It’s been definitely a whirlwind. It’s really made us rethink everything that we’re doing and how…

Sanford Health prepares to open up vaccine appointments to the general public

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Sanford Health Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says the healthcare system has completed its list of vaccine invitations for those in priority groups. Sanford is preparing to open appointments to everyone beginning next Monday following Gov. Doug Burgum’s announcement to open up vaccinations to the general public. Dr. Griffin says Sanford has seen its vaccine shipments…

Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski delivers his first State of the City address

"We have a lot to be excited for and the future belongs to Grand Forks," Bochenski said

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski began his State of the City address with a tribute to Cody Holte on what would’ve been the police officer’s 30th birthday. Holte was killed in the line of duty last May. Despite a year full of challenges, Bochenski says Grand Forks is “coming out of this pandemic stronger than…

Transitioning “back to normal” as vaccinations continue to increase in our region

FARGO, N.D. — This week, Sanford Health is getting its biggest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines thus far. Sanford Health Vice President Dr. Doug Griffin says the healthcare system is receiving around 5,000 doses between North Dakota and Minnesota. As of Tuesday, 14% of North Dakotans and 13% percent of Minnesotans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Looking forward to another busy…

WATCH: President Biden wants every adult to be eligible for vaccine by May 1

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is outlining his plan to make all adult Americans eligible for vaccination by May 1 and get the nation back “closer to normal” by the Fourth of July. Biden is addressing the nation Thursday evening, one year into the coronavirus pandemic. He said of the virus, which has killed more than 530,000 Americans and…

COVID-19 unit nurse sheds light on mental health resources for healthcare workers

Reach for Resilience is a statewide mental health resource for all North Dakota healthcare workers

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – After a year of helping patients fight COVID-19, medical professionals are dealing with health concerns of their own. Mental health, that is. “The first few weeks were terrifying,” recalls Sanford Health nurse Melanie Allen. A year ago, Allen cared for the first COVID-19 patient at Sanford Health. She has been a nurse for nearly 15 years,…