Coronavirus

“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…

Amid nursing shortage, Sanford Health’s resources stretched to capacity

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — COVID-19 cases in the region are surging during a critical shortage of nurses. Sanford Health Fargo’s vice president says the hospital is in crisis. Essentia Health’s resources are also being stretched to capacity. “The time is now to take some action,” said Sanford Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin on Tuesday. Griffin predicts Fargo is two to…

Fargo School Board Meetings held virtually, woman claims move was made to silence public

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo School Board meetings are now being held virtually due to some participants not wearing face masks. According to Board President Rebecca Knutson, some attendees and participants at recent meetings had not been following protocols including wearing masks inside district buildings. The decision to move meetings virtually was made at the last Governance Committee meeting. A…

Parents rail against GF Schools’ mask mandate, one claims it’s against Nuremberg Code

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – After protesting the district’s mask mandate at Century Elementary School Monday morning, people get heated arguing against it at a Grand Forks school board meeting. Parents and others speaking called the requirement “adult level bullying.” One man compared the board’s actions to being against the Nuremberg Code of principles for human experimentation at the end…

West Fargo School Board approves mitigation measures based on COVID-19 infections

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – In a six to one vote, West Fargo School Board members approve a plan outlining steps to be taken if COVID-19 infection rates rise in schools within the district. Unlike Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools, West Fargo does not require masks. “Please don’t take our freedoms and our choices and our rights as parents. I…

‘We just want a choice.’ Parents opposed to mask mandates in schools gather in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Parents and grandparents opposed to mask mandates in schools came together Tuesday evening in Fargo. They gathered at a private event titled “Show Faces For Freedom” and say they should be the ones making decisions related to their kids’ health, not school board members. “We’re not saying that we don’t want any masks or nobody can…

ND Department of Health discusses COVID-19 breakthrough cases

"We will have breakthrough cases, it's inevitable and no vaccine is perfect."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The North Dakota Department of Health is discussing breakthrough and reinfection data concerning COVID-19. As more people receive their vaccines against COVID-19 some who are fully vaccinated are testing positive for the virus. Health officials are calling those breakthrough cases. “A breakthrough case is an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 after they are fully vaccinated….

Concerned about staff shortages, area hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Area hospitals are bracing for a COVID-19 surge that will likely strain their resources. This comes at the heels of more patients than usual being seen for medical conditions not related to the coronavirus. “We’ve been very busy the last two to three months with non-COVID cases, and so the rise in COVID cases is just…

Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval, local doctor doesn’t believe more people will get it

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Food and Drug Administration giving full approval to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is what many in health care expected, but will that lead more people to getting their shot? “This will push people over the edge to go get the vaccine because it is our, our best protection,” Former Acting FDA Commissioner Retired Admiral Brett Giroir…