COVID-19

Fargo emergency rooms unusually busy, demand may be unprecedented

FARGO (KVRR) – An extraordinary number of patients are stretching resources to the limit at local emergency rooms. “We are at — and often beyond — capacity every single day” according to Essentia Health spokesman Louis St. George. “This is due to a combination of COVID-19 patients and non-COVID patients. Unfortunately, throughout this pandemic people have delayed seeking care and…

Minnesota tops 10,000 coronavirus deaths

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota has topped 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths while hospitals around the state continue to delay surgeries as the coronavirus patients crowd hospitals. The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 54 new deaths due to the virus, lifting the total fatalities to 10,018 since the start of the pandemic. Another 124 deaths were likely because of COVID-19 but…

Moorhead School Board changes quarantine & masking rules

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – The Moorhead School Board votes to replace in-school close contact quarantine for students with testing and make masking inside buildings optional. The quarantine changes begins January 3 for the high school, career academy and preschools, Jan. 17 for middle schools and Jan. 31 for elementary schools. Masks become optional for preschools on Jan. 3, the high…

98% occupancy in Minnesota hospital intensive care units

MINNEAPOLIS – The number of people hospitalized in intensive care in Minnesota has reached the highest level yet during the coronavirus pandemic. The state is reporting a 98% occupancy rate in adult ICU beds when COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients are included. Nearly 350 people are receiving intensive care. M Health Fairview doctor, Andrew Olson, is urging people to get vaccinated…

NDSU seminar discusses the impact of COVID-19 on educators’ mental health

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of innovation in education. University researchers are showcasing the impact this shift has on educators. At the NDSU Public Health Seminar, researchers discussed the impact of the rapid shift to online learning. The session focused on research conducted by Andrea Huseth-Zosel and Sarah Crary. Their findings show many teachers were more…

“It’s not surprising that it showed up” Walz speaks on Omicron variant

Well first and foremost it's not surprising that it showed up.

DILWORTH, Minn. (KVRR) — The omicron variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in at least five states, the second being Minnesota. It shows yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz gives an update on the first confirmed Omicron variant case in the state. “Well first and foremost it’s not surprising…

ND Dept. of Health officials say it’s too soon to sound alarm on Omicron

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – The North Dakota Department of Health says it has not issued a state of emergency for the Omicron Covid-19 variant now that it has been detected in California. They traveled to South Africa on November 22nd and tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday. “It’s too soon to know exactly how this is going to behave,…

First US case of COVID-19 omicron variant identified

Omicron variant (World Health Org.)WASHINGTON (AP) – A person in California has become the first  in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the person was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive on Nov. 29. The person was vaccinated but had not received…

Fargo City Commission votes down mask requirement for most city workers

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Fargo City Commission votes to end its mask requirement for city employees except for public health, transit and library departments on Dec. 1. The motion also says any department head has the opportunity to require their workers to mask up. The only commissioner to vote no was Dave Piepkorn. Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney brought the…