Moorhead City Council votes down mask requirement

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Moorhead city leaders reject a mask requirement for indoor public places similar to one in Rochester by a vote of three to five. Councilmember Shelly Dahlquist made the motion after the council passed a resolution urging people to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Shelly Carlson said she was against a mask mandate…

Essentia Health is part of nationwide study evaluating medication for Covid treatment

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Essentia Health joins a nationwide study to evaluate medications to find effective, safe treatments for COVID-19. The meds in the study are already approved by the FDA for other health issues. Fluticasone is prescribed for asthma and COPD. Fluvoxamine is given to people dealing with depression and ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections. The Activ-6…

Horace grade school will go virtual due to COVID-19

School officials say there are 21 active positive COVID-19 cases.

WEST FARGO, ND (KVRR) – Horace Elementary will go to virtual learning beginning Friday, January 21. School officials say there are 21 active positive COVID-19 cases. More than half of the cases are staff. Virtual learning will begin on Friday and go through Tuesday, January 25. Here’s the letter sent to parents: The WFPS School Board adopted thresholds for when…

Hundreds in Minnesota enroll in state-paid nursing assistant training

MINNEAPOLIS – Hundreds of Minnesotans are taking advantage of the state’s offer to cover the cost of training to become a certified nursing assistant. The state has used $3.5 million in federal relief funding to pay for students’ tuition, textbooks and certification exams in hopes of alleviating staffing shortages in long-term care facilities and veterans’ homes during the coronavirus pandemic….

Cass County Jail is dealing with a spread of COVID

Staff identified the spread of COVID into one of the housing units.

CASS COUNTY, ND (KVRR) – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the spread of COVID at the Cass County Jail. Staff identified the spread of COVID into one of the housing units. They do not know how many inmates are infected. Nursing staff are working to test every inmate. The Sheriff says no one is currently experiencing any medical difficulties….

North Dakota Health Experts Talk Omicron

The Omicron Variant is on the Rise in North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA – The North Dakota Department of Health says recent data shows spikes of almost one-and-a-half million new cases of Covid-19 across the nation in a single day. Omicron is extremely contagious and has begun surging in North Dakota. The variant is less severe than others but has a high attack rate that will still cause rampant cases, hospitalizations…

First Responders Funeral Procession for Fallen Firefighter Tim Kath

Courtesy: Whitney Demarais / Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral HomeLIDGERWOOD, N.D. (KVRR) — A funeral procession is held for fallen firefighter 42-year-old Tim Kath of Nashua, Minnesota as services are held in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Kath died on New Year’s Eve at Sanford in Fargo after getting COVID-19. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation classifies his death as a Line of Duty…

Minneapolis, St. Paul requiring proof of COVID vaccination for restaurants, bars

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Minneapolis and St. Paul officials provided an update on each cities’ response to addressing the recent increase in COVID-19 cases during a virtual press conference Wednesday. Mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter announced their respective cities would institute a proof of vaccination or negative test taken within 72 hours for “customers at all places people eat…

Firefighter’s death from COVID-19 classified as ‘Line of Duty Death’

Tim KathTINTAH, Minn. (KVRR) – The death of a Tintah firefighter who died in December from COVID-19 has been classified as a Line of Duty Death by the National Fallen Firefighters Association. Tintah Firefighter Tim Kath died Dec. 31 at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Firefighters from North Dakota and Minnesota are expected to attend Kath’s funeral on Wednesday, Jan….

North Dakota officials forced to cut back on COVID case work

BISMARCK, N.D. – The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing North Dakota health officials to cut back on investigations and they are encouraging people who test positive to isolate on their own. The state Department of Health says it will continue to monitor virus cases for K-12 students, higher education students, people over age 55 and people in health…