COVID-19

Bishop orders mask mandate in Crookston Diocese Schools

CROOKSTON, Minn. (KVRR/KNOX) – Effective immediately, a mask mandate is effective in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Crookston. Bishop Richard Pates, apostolic administrator of the diocese, says masks will be mandated for K-8 students, teachers, staff and visitors. “Our Diocese of Crookston Catholic schools take seriously the responsibility to care for children. For the common good and out of…

‘We just want a choice.’ Parents opposed to mask mandates in schools gather in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Parents and grandparents opposed to mask mandates in schools came together Tuesday evening in Fargo. They gathered at a private event titled “Show Faces For Freedom” and say they should be the ones making decisions related to their kids’ health, not school board members. “We’re not saying that we don’t want any masks or nobody can…

Delta Variant has hospitals reaching capacity as COVID-19 cases soar

"In the last few weeks we have experienced a very high number of patients as the Delta variant continues to spread."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Health officials are yet again warning of the severity of COVID-19 as cases across Cass and Clay counties continue to rise. “Given the urgency of our current situation we felt it necessary to update the community as we enter our fourth wave with the Delta variant changing the game,” Fargo Cass Public Health Director, Desi Fleming…

Parents protest Fargo Public Schools mask mandate

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption FARGO (KVRR) – More than 30 people gathered outside Carl Ben Eielson Middle School Monday morning to protest a Fargo School Board policy that requires students to wear face coverings. The demonstrators, carrying signs with messages that read “You’re bullying kids” and “No one’s saying…

Sister of KFGO’s Bob Harris encourages vaccinations following his death from Covid-19

I'm hoping that maybe his story and our story can help convince someone to get the vaccine."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A family member of former KFGO radio personality Bob Harris, who died of COVID-19, talks about her experience on dealing with her loss. After dying in December of last year, longtime radio personality Bob Harris is being featured on the North Dakota’s Department of Health’s virtual COVID-19 impact wall. Harris’ sister is now speaking out saying…

ND Department of Health discusses COVID-19 breakthrough cases

"We will have breakthrough cases, it's inevitable and no vaccine is perfect."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The North Dakota Department of Health is discussing breakthrough and reinfection data concerning COVID-19. As more people receive their vaccines against COVID-19 some who are fully vaccinated are testing positive for the virus. Health officials are calling those breakthrough cases. “A breakthrough case is an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 after they are fully vaccinated….

Concerned about staff shortages, area hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Area hospitals are bracing for a COVID-19 surge that will likely strain their resources. This comes at the heels of more patients than usual being seen for medical conditions not related to the coronavirus. “We’ve been very busy the last two to three months with non-COVID cases, and so the rise in COVID cases is just…

Burgum will not require COVID-19 vaccine for state employees

Gov. Doug Burgum receives a COVID-19 vaccination.BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he no plans to order state employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. “We’re going to keep focusing on education, not mandates.  The mandates seem to have a bad reaction in our state.  They probably work somewhere, here they probably have the reverse effect” Burgum…

Sanford directs employees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status

"We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across our footprint"

FARGO (KVRR) – Effective Thursday, Sanford Health will require all employees to wear face coverings, including workers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was made in an email sent to employees Wednesday from Sanford Chief Physician Dr. Jeremy Cauwels. “We are seeing unprecedented high patient volumes in our hospitals along with sharply rising cases of COVID-19 across…

Delta Air Lines will make employees pay for not being vaccinated

Delta counter at Hector International AirportATLANTA – Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline’s top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000. CEO Ed Bastian said that all employees who have been…