COVID-19

Walz offers Minnesotans $100 gift cards to get vaccinated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Gov. Tim Walz says Minnesota is joining the Biden Administration’s initiative to provide $100 to all Minnesotans age 12 and older who receive a COVID-19 vaccine from July 30 through August 15. “President Biden is calling for a nationwide push to make sure our families and communities are vaccinated and protected against COVID-19 and the…

What are the COVID-19 policies on local college campuses this fall

What are the mask and vaccination policies as the 2021 semester is set to begin.

FARGO, ND (KVRR) — Students are headed back to campus this fall including MSUM, NDSU, UND and Concordia. What are the mask and vaccination policies as the 2021 semester is set to begin. At Minnesota State University Moorhead, vaccinations are not required but are strongly encouraged. MSUM is offering incentives for students and employees who share why they got vaccinated….

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…

Health officials investigating COVID-19 cluster at teen camp on Pelican Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – The Minnesota Dept. of Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at a camp for teenagers in Otter Tail County. Communications specialist Erin McHenry says state health officials are aware of “a cluster of cases” at the Castaway Club Young Life Camp on Pelican Lake.  McHenry says the investigation is ongoing. Camp manager Greg Johnson says…

Mayo Clinic joins others in requiring worker vaccinations

Mayo ClinicROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic says it will require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by mid-September, becoming one of the latest health systems to do so as delta variant cases rise around the country. The Rochester-based medical system says the “vast majority” of its employees are already vaccinated. But it says all employees must be fully vaccinated…

Report: Vikings O-line coach out after refusing COVID-19 vaccine

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The Minnesota Vikings and offensive line coach Rick Dennison are parting ways after Dennison refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ESPN Vikings beat reporter Courtney Cronin. Dennison is believed to be the first NFL position coach out of a job after objecting to a vaccine. The Vikings released the following statement on Dennison’s status: “The Vikings…

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…

U.S. Border Travel Restrictions Extended, Gov. Burgum Calls It “Preposterous”

BISMARCK N.D.  — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum calls it “preposterous”. The Biden administration is extending non-essential travel restrictions at the northern and southern borders until August 21. The administration is under fire for continuing to keep them in place more than a year into the pandemic, and after Canada announced it was reopening to vaccinated Americans on August 9….

ND oil production flat due to worker shortage

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Oil production is flat in North Dakota due to a workforce shortage as the industry recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Companies say they are in need of workers to inject water, sand and chemicals down wells to crack open rock and release oil, a process known as hydraulic fracking. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says…

Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

An already essential job taking a whole new meaning during the height of COVID-19.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — They are some of the most important and often overlooked essential workers. Those working the front lines alongside doctors and nurses. Making sure every inch at Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo is kept clean and safe. “We kind of look at ourselves as the caretakers of the caretakers where we try to facilitate for the actual…