COVID-19

How We’re Handling Social Distancing In The Valley

Sharing Ideas On How To Get Through Social Distancing

  Social Distancing. That’s the buzzword everyone is using. All it means is limiting interactions with people to help slow the spread of COVID-19. That means a lot of us are choosing to stay home. So I’m sharing some ideas on how we’re managing Social Distancing. Maybe you’ll get a few ideas from it. I hope I do. This weekend…

McDonald’s Closing Seating Areas, Switching to Take Out Only

It is not certain how long the restaurants will be closed to dine-in customers.

McDonald’s has announced it is closing all seating areas, play areas, self-serve beverage bars and kiosks effective immediately. The fast food restaurant will continue drive-thru, take out and delivery services. In a Facebook post, the restaurant said, “The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We also recognize our role in helping to feed families across America.”…

Police Warn of Coronavirus-Related Scams

Officials say scammers are looking to capitalize on people's fears

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Police is warning the elderly about coronavirus-related scams. Officials say scammers are calling elderly people claiming they have a COVID-19 vaccine. The scammers are asking people to reserve a dose with over-the-phone payments. A COVID-19 vaccine does not yet exist. Police are also warning people of coronavirus phishing emails. Although there are no reports of these…

LIVE: Cass County to Consider a COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

The Board meeting is at 3:30 p.m. at the Cass County Courthouse.

FARGO, N.D.–The Cass County Commission is expected to consider authorizing a declaration designating COVID-19 an emergency in Cass County on Monday. If the declaration is approved, Cass County Commission Chair Chad Peterson, Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney and West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis will sign emergency declarations for each jurisdiction immediately following the board meeting. An emergency declaration allows Cass…

Fargo Marathon Postponed Until August

The race was originally scheduled for May 9.

FARGO, N.D.–The Fargo Marathon has been postponed until Saturday, August 29. The race was originally scheduled for May 9, but due to concerns surrounding large crowds, the organizers made the decision to postpone it. The Executive Director of the Fargo Marathon, Mark Knutson, said, “We have to do our part, and after the announcement from the CDC last night of…

Marcus Theatres Creating New Social Distancing Seating Arrangments

FARGO, N.D.–Marcus Theatres has announced it will temporarily be implementing new social distancing seating arrangements at theatres amid coronavirus concerns. Auditoriums will be limited to approximately 50 percent of their normal capacity and additional spaces will be added between each pair of seats. A limited number of sections will be made available for families to sit together. Categories: Coronavirus, Coronavirus-MN,…

Xcel Energy Suspends Service Disconnections During Coronavirus Outbreak

The company is continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19.

MINNEAPOLIS–Xcel Energy has announced it will not disconnect residential customers’ electric or natural gas reserve in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The company says it wants to ensure people have the energy they need to power their homes and keep their families safe. Xcel Energy also says it will work with customers having a difficult time paying their electric or…

Essentia Health Implementing Visitor Restrictions at Hospitals

Any ill visitors will be asked to leave the hospitals.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is implementing new visitor restrictions at their hospitals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday, no visitors will be allowed in Essentia Health hospitals with a few exceptions. Inpatients with compassionate-care needs will be allowed visitors. Family members are advised to call the hospital before visiting. Patients in the emergency department…

Sanford Health Hosts Facebook Live Q & A For Coronavirus

Sanford Says This Is Not The Last Time They Be Hosting A Q And A Forum With The Public.

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health hosted a live Q and A segment to take questions from concerned community members through Facebook. People on Facebook sent in questions to Sanford’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alison Suttle in a live 30 minute live stream. Questions ranged from how to prevent spreading the illness, what are the signs to look for and how…

No K-12 School Starting Monday for 5 Days In North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum Following The Lead of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz In Shutting Down Schools For The Time Being

BISMARCK, N.D. — Governor Doug Burgum announces the closing of North Dakota’s schools, public and nonpublic, for one week, beginning Monday. The governor and Superintendent Kirsten Baesler explained the reasons for the shutdown Sunday night. The decision will be revisited Friday. The order does mot apply to daycare facilities. Some of the reasons for the school closings: —The Centers for…