Coronavirus

Minnesota launches Covid-19 detection app to help slow the spread of Covid-19

The app will help notify people of potential exposure

MINNESOTA – A new smartphone app is helping curb the spread of Covid-19 in Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz unveiled the new COVIDaware MN app. It allows people to be notified if someone who’s been near them has tested positive for the virus. It will also allow them to warn other people they may have been in contact with anonymously if…

Vikings place Thielen on Reserve/Covid-19 List

EAGAN, Minn. – Straight off the Vikings’ heartbreaking 31-28 loss to the Cowboys, Minnesota announced wide receiver Adam Thielen has been placed on the Reserve/Covid-19 list. On its website, the Vikings say “The reserve/COVID-19 list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an…

Essentia Health will restrict hospital visitors beginning Monday

Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of patients' care teams

FARGO, N.D. — With the significant growth of COVID-19 cases, Essentia Health in Fargo will restrict visitors of hospitalized patients beginning Monday. Essentia officials say they are taking this step to keep patients and staff safe during a time of high community prevalence. Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of…

Medical experts urge people not to gather during the holidays

CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck is working to make sure COVID patients and their families can still connect in some way

BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 1,900 people in Burleigh and Morton counties currently have COVID-19. An infectious diseases specialist at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck says the medical center is working to make sure COVID patients and families can connect in some way over the holidays. The hospital is allowing each patient one mask-wearing visitor per day. Staff is…

Walz expected to announce pausing fall & winter sports on Wednesday

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz says he will announce restrictions on sports in Minnesota on Wednesday. Walz expects to pause all high school and club games for fall and winter seasons. That would mean football and volleyball, which are in the playoffs, could see an early end to their seasons. Walz says he’s seen the same spread of…

Some Say statewide mask mandate should’ve been done ‘months ago’

Some community members believe this could all have been avoided if action was taken sooner.

FARGO, N.D.- With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the state, Governor Doug Burgum has now issued a statewide mask mandate. Governor Burgum made the announcement late Friday night through social media. “The State Health Officer with my full support has issued an order requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor businesses and public settings and outdoor public…

Bismarck man creates COVID Memorial Project to honor coronavirus victims

The memorial is in memory of the hundreds of North Dakotan who've lost their lives to COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. — At a nursing home in the small town of Bottineau, North Dakota, Cathy Jose was one of 18 people who lost their battle with COVID-19 in the span of two and a half weeks. “I think that wherever she is, she would say that she’s proud of what we’re doing,” says her son Carl Young. Born out…

Gov. Burgum issues mask mandate & capacity requirements

NORTH DAKOTA – Gov. Doug Burgum announces new measure to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the state. They include a State Health Officer order requiring face coverings to be worn in indoor businesses and public settings and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible. The order begins Saturday, Nov. 14 and ends on Dec. 13th. Those exempt from wearing face…

Pandemic puts strain on local hospitals as they reach full capacity

"We are having very high case numbers both in the hospital and in the community and we continue to rise exponentially."

FARGO, N.D. – Scenes like medical professionals working to save lives in the middle of a pandemic are happening every day in our community “We are not doing well here in North Dakota. We are having very high case numbers both in the hospital and in the community and we continue to rise exponentially,” Sanford Medical Director for Infection Prevention and…