COVID-19

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk

OMAHA, Neb. – During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meat processing industry worked closely with political appointees in the Trump administration to stave off health restrictions and keep slaughterhouses open even as the virus spread rapidly among workers, according to a congressional report released Thursday. The report by the House’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said…

Vice President Harris tests positive for COVID-19

The White House said Tuesday that Harris tested positive on both rapid and a PCR tests, and said she “has exhibited no symptoms.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House says. It’s a sharp new reminder of the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy. Neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden was considered a “close contact” of Harris in…

Survey: Anxiety in workplace highest since 2020

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A new survey gives insight on how the “return to normal” procedure has been more difficult for some than others. The survey from Future Forum collected over 10 thousand results across the globe where they report stress and anxiety levels in the workplace are at its highest since June of 2020. A clinical psychologist at Essentia…

Fargo passengers welcome end to mask mandate

Hector International AirportFARGO (KVRR-KFGO) – For the first time in almost two years, masks are no longer mandatory at airports. That’s after a federal judge on Monday struck down a national public transportation mask mandate. Fargo Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein said the airport received word from the TSA that the security directive mandating face coverings ended at 7:41…

Biden Administration Seeks $22.5 Billion for COVID-19 preparation

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – COVID-19 numbers in this region are slowly going down but the Biden Administration is looking for more funding for future emergencies. The administration is working with Congress to fund $22.5 billion as resources and supplies get thinner. If funding is cut short, things like vaccines for the uninsured, at-home COVID tests and researching new variants will be…

North Dakota to end daily COVID-19 updates

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Dept. of Health will stop providing daily COVID-19 updates beginning Friday, March 18. The department will move to a weekly publication of data on its Coronavirus Dashboard and COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. The dashboard will be simplified and will shift from a focus on daily case counts and positivity rates to a focus on trends…

Gehrig asks for studies on mask effectiveness at City Commission meeting

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig asks for a presentation on clinical studies showing masking stops the spread of COVID-19, especially in children at schools. North Dakota State University Professor of Public Health Dr. Paul Carson and Sanford Health Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Avish Nagpal shared research published in medical journals and by the CDC. One from…

COVID-19 levels plummet in Fargo-Moorhead and across the nation

CDC COVID-19 map 3/3/2022FARGO (KVRR) – There’s encouraging news from the Centers for Disease Control about COVID-19. The CDC now says that more than 90% of the U.S. population lives in an area with low or medium COVID-19 community levels. The community levels in the Fargo-Moorhead area, including Cass and Clay Counties are now classified as “low.” Several counties in…

Covid testing demand & positivity rates drop at Moorhead testing site

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – There’s fewer people getting tested for Covid-19 at the former Thomas Edison Elementary School in Moorhead. Thankfully, the amount of people testing positive is declining. The organization’s Public Health Administrator briefed the Dilworth City Council on everything coronavirus in the county. More than 105,000 coronavirus tests have been taken at the former Edison Elementary, but the…

CDC says most Americans can take a break from masks

WASHINGTON  – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most Americans, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new guidelines released Friday. The CDC outlined the new set of measures for communities where COVID-19 is easing its grip, with less of a focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening at…