COVID-19

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…

North Dakota to provide 1.5 million free COVID-19 test kits

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health says it will make more than 1.5 million free at-home COVID-19 test kits available statewide. The kits will supplement the ongoing federal program that is making free tests available.  They are being distributed statewide and will be available for pickup beginning Tuesday. Health officials suggest picking up the tests as needed,…

Food demand high at North Dakota’s only food bank

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s only food bank experienced the second-highest demand in its 39-year history in 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic surged. Great Plains Food Bank, based in Fargo, provided 12.6 million meals for those in need in 2021. The non-for-profit organization helped 121,000 people, more than in any year before the pandemic. As the pandemic gathered steam in…

Remaining Protesters Cleared Away at Border in Windsor, Ontario

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP/KVRR) – Police cleared away the remaining protesters near the busiest U.S.-Canadian border crossing, ending a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions that has hurt the economy of both nations. The bridge in Windsor, Ontario, remains closed late Sunday, as a snowstorm hits the area. Windsor police say more than two dozen people were arrested peacefully near the Ambassador Bridge…

Gov. Burgum Returning To Normal Schedule After COVID-19 Bout

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum is returning to a normal schedule after isolating for nearly a week following a COVID-19 diagnosis. The governor tested positive February 5, and has worked out of his home since. He tested negative Friday morning but continued working out of his home. First lady Kathryn Burgum has tested negative this week, and Lt….

Frontline workers and DFLers push for Legislature to pass pandemic bonuses

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – Minnesota frontline workers and Democrats call for immediate action in the legislature to deliver a $1 billion package giving them a pandemic bonus. The plan gives 667,000 health care, nursing home, maintenance, child care, and education workers $1,500 bonuses. To qualify, someone must have worked at least 120 hours between March 15th, 2020, and June 30th of…

ND Gov. Burgum Tests Positive for COVID-19

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms. Burgum is fully vaccinated and boosted and is now quarantining through Thursday. “After testing negative on Friday following an exposure notification, I experienced cold and flu-like symptoms this morning and tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon,” Burgum…

Hoeven isolating after testing positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – Sen. John Hoeven says he will be in quarantine through Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19. Hoeven says he has no symptoms.  He tested positive Tuesday after being notified that he had been exposed. “While asymptomatic, I tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon. I’ve consulted with the Senate Physician and will continue to follow the recommendations of…