NW Minnesota lawmakers discuss 2021 legislative session

MINNESOTA (KVRR) — A Minnesota Legislative wrap-up with District 4 legislators discusses actions and support they took during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the COVID-19 pandemic upended many Moorhead businesses, Minnesota State lawmakers discuss the resiliency the community had to come back from difficult times,” DFL State Representative Heather Keeler of Moorhead said. With the Cares Act that…

ND settles with Justice Dept. over ADA complaint

The state was completely willing to comply with the investigation into the complaint

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Justice Department has reached a settlement over a lawsuit claiming North Dakota unnecessarily places people with disabilities in long-term care facilities. The agreement expands services to people with physical disabilities who live in, or at risk of, entering a nursing facility to give them the option to live at home. The state will provide more…

North Dakota To Finish 2nd Round of Long-Term Care COVID-19 Testing

Will Be First State In the Nation To reach That milestone

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is leading the nation in testing it’s long-term care population. A second round of testing all staff and residents will be finished by Friday, making the state the first in the nation to reach that milestone. “Seven days out of the first 14 days in June, we had zero new cases in the state of…

ND long-term care facilities begin plans for visitation

After multiple rounds of testing, facilities are cleared to begin phase one of the three-phase plan to allow visitation

FARGO, N.D. — Long-term care facilities in North Dakota are laying out plans to begin reuniting their residents with each other and their families. The plan was created by the North Dakota Department of Human services and includes three phases. In order to enter phase one, all facilities will have to undergo a minimum of two rounds of COVID-19 testing…

Gov. Doug Burgum allows outdoor visitations at long-term care facilities

Bismarck, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum is modifying visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities in North Dakota. He says facilities will now allow outdoor visits between families and their loved ones. Each facility must provide all residents and guests clean face masks as well as appropriate and safe spaces for social distancing. The visits will be allowed by appointment only….

Task Force Made To Make Guidelines For Long-Term Care Visitors in ND

Next week on the KVRR Morning Show we will be chatting with Larson on the next step forward.

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Long Term Care Association is creating a task force to help reunite families with their loved ones. The group is expecting to meet next week to put together a plan on how they can safely do this. The committee’s chairman says the group is working closely with the state health department and following trends…

Cass And Grand Forks Counties Still Hotspots For COVID-19

83% of Active Cases Are In Those Two North Dakota Counties

BISMARCK, N.D. — Eighty-three percent of all COVID-19 active cases in North Dakota are in Cass and Grand Forks counties. The state has 665 active cases. Gov. Doug Burgum says there have been a couple of small outbreaks at manufacturing centers in Fargo, although he didn’t specify which companies are impacted. Long-term care centers are still a hotspot for COVID-19….

Walz releases five point plan to protect long-term care facilities from Covid-19

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz unveils a plan to provide more support to Minnesota’s long-term care facilities. About 80 percent of the state’s coronavirus deaths have come from them. It will expand testing for residents and workers, work with health systems to create strike teams to conduct on site testing and follow ups and get facilities PPE. It…

Long-Term Care Visitation Still Not Recommended, Rules Out For Movie Theaters

North Dakota Smart Restart

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum and other state leaders continue to work to protect the vulnerable population from COVID-19. Of the 218 long term care facilities in North Dakota, 27 have positive cases. Villa Maria in Fargo has the most with 27. The executive director of Human Services has a message for everyone. “Even though the governor is talking…