Healthy Blood Donors Needed for Hospital Patients Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The blood collection process is safe and has no impact on the donor's immune system.

FARGO, N.D.–Vitalant and other blood centers nationwide are encouraging healthy individuals to donate blood to ensure hospitals have enough in case COVID-19 infections increase. All blood types and components are needed especially platelets and type O blood. Platelets only have a shelf life of five days so frequent donations are important, and type O blood is the universal blood type….

Vice President Pence Thanks 3M, Says U.S. Preparing for More Coronavirus Cases

3M makes millions of the masks every month.

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (FOX 9)–Vice President Mike Pence toured the 3M Innovation Center on Thursday, thanking company executives for increasing production of face masks as he outlined plans to prepare the U.S. for more cases of the coronavirus. Pence projected confidence about the U.S. response to the virus, which has sickened more than 97,000 worldwide and has alarmed public health officials,…

2 Passengers Arriving at MSP Airport Told to Self-Quarantine after Coming into Contact with COVID-19 Case in Europe

A medical professional from the CDC’s Quarantine Station determined they did not have symptoms of COVID-19.

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)–State health officials have instructed two passengers who arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International on a flight from Europe Tuesday afternoon to self-quarantine for two weeks because they encountered a person confirmed to have the new coronavirus while abroad. The Minnesota Department of Health said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Quarantine Station at MSP Airport notified them about…

Sanford, Essentia set plans for dealing with potential coronavirus cases

Both health facilities are now asking all patients about recent travel history

FARGO, N.D. — The Dakotas and Minnesota have yet to report a case of the coronavirus, but with with confirmed reports in 10 other states, both Sanford and Essentia health are putting plans in place in case the virus makes it’s way to the area. “We have had several different preparedness meetings where we have gotten together to talk about…

LIVE: Gov. Burgum and the NDDoH to Provide Coronavirus Update on Tuesday

The news conference will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota Department of Health are hosting a news conference to update the public on North Dakota’s response to COVID-19. The news conference will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Currently, no one has tested positive for the virus in North Dakota. There are nearly 90,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide, including more than 3,000 deaths….

Minnesota State University system bans international travel due to Coronavirus concerns

Some MSUM students are frustrated with the ban officials say is put in place for their own safety

MOORHEAD, Minn. — MSUM student Lizzie Powell grew up wanting to be a marine biologist. In just a few days, she was expecting to embark on the trip of a lifetime with her class to Costa Rica that would help her decide if that’s the right path. “For me, this trip was going to help me decide what career I…

North Dakota Department of Health to Provide Update on Coronavirus

The update is scheduled at 2 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Department of Health is scheduled to update North Dakotans on the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 on Friday. To date, no one in North Dakota has tested positive for for the virus, but there are 15 confirmed cases in the United States. The CDC has previously stated that they expect cases in the United States to…