NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

West Nile Virus cases on the rise in ND

The department has confirmed seven reports of the West Nile Virus amongst people across the state.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — The North Dakota Department of Health is warning of an increase in West Nile Virus cases across the state. The department has seen a rise in cases in recent weeks and is reminding people to be cautious when it comes to mosquitoes and still water. The department has confirmed seven reports of the West Nile Virus…

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….

Delta variant cases on the rise in ND

"The CDC estimates about 56 percent of the cases in our region are the Delta variant."

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — Concerns over a possible surge in COVID-19 cases run high as more cases of the Delta variant make their way to North Dakota. As Delta variant cases grow throughout the nation health experts warn of growing cases throughout the upper Midwest. “It’s more easily transmissible and it’s now making up more than half of the cases…

NDDoH expert: No concerns about vaccinated people ditching masks

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — An epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health says vaccinated people should have no concerns about ditching face masks. Brenton Nesemeier says recent studies show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping people out of hospitals and from dying. As of Tuesday, 52 percent of people in Cass County are fully vaccinated against the…

North Dakota health officials advise taking precautions to prevent tick bites

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Officials with the North Dakota Department of Health say now is the time to start thinking about protecting yourself from tick bites. They say the highest risk of tick borne disease transmission is between late spring and early fall. Some things people can do to avoid tick bites include wearing long sleeves and pants in wooded…

Every North Dakota eligible for Covid-19 vaccine by end of March

"I'm here to announce that starting on March 29th any North Dakotan who wishes to be vaccinated may receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they're age eligible."

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Anyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccine in North Dakota will be eligible to get one by the end of the month. “I’m here to announce that starting on March 29th any North Dakotan who wishes to be vaccinated may receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they’re age eligible,” North Dakota Department of Health’s Immunization Program…

Childcare Workers Can Start Getting COVID-19 Vaccines In Fargo & Grand Forks

FARGO, N.D. — Public Health units in Fargo and Grand Forks are inviting childcare workers to COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting this week. Childcare workers are one of the priority groups included in Phase 1B which also includes older people and those with underlying health conditions. Childcare workers who work for themselves should complete the COVID-19 Vaccine contact form with Fargo…

NDDoH Public Health Lab malfunction affects 600+ COVID-19 tests

BISMARCK, N.D. – On January 8, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Public Health Laboratory identified a software malfunction on a piece of laboratory equipment. The software malfunction was limited to one platform and affected a total of 641 positive COVID-19 results of 102,562 resulted on the machine between Nov. 7, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021. The issue has been…

North Dakota receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota is receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than anticipated, according to the Department of Health’s Immunization Program Manager. Molly Howell says the state is receiving about 10,000 doses per week, which is roughly 50 percent less than what was expected. Those who’ve received their first dose can get their second one beginning this week. 1,046 North…