Public Health

Kindred HS and Junior High moving to online learning through September 25

KINDRED, ND — Kindred High School and Junior High will move to online learning through September 25. Kindred Superintendent Steve Hall reports the High School and Junior High have 5 student covid cases. Elementary school will remain in person 5 days per week. Hall says we are following the safety protocols for close contacts and when we trace this we…

Fargo Cass Public Health officials say more young people are getting COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health officials say they’re seeing more people in their twenties and thirties contracting the coronavirus. Epidemiologist Brenton Nesemeier says this is due to younger people being more mobile and social during the pandemic. Although a young person usually has milder symptoms and recovers more quickly, Nesemeier says that doesn’t mean they should be any…

Grand Forks updates community on region’s COVID-19 fight

Mayor Mike Brown and public health officials held a virtual news conference to discuss future plans

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Forks, but that may change. “They are in Ward County, Morton County, Burleigh County ad Cass County. We feel that as a population center in North Dakota, it will just be a matter of time before we have cases here in our region,” said Grand Forks Public…

Grand Forks County Battles Opioid Crisis With New Syringe Program

It's hoping to stop the spread of drug abuse, get rid of dirty sharps and give people the help they need.

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The county is starting its new syringe collection program, the fifth in the state, in the wake of an opioid epidemic across the nation. It’s hoping to stop the spread of drug abuse, get rid of dirty sharps and give people the help they need. “It’s an opportunity for them to talk frankly about their…

Opioid-Related Overdoses Decreasing in Cass County

Since 2016, there's been an 80 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths in Cass County

FARGO, N.D. — “The alarm bells really started ringing in 2016 when we had a high number of opioid overdoses,” said Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Robyn Sall. In that year alone, Cass County had 31 opioid–related overdose deaths. Since then, that number has decreased by more than 80 percent. “We are seeing reductions on a county–wide level, on a state–wide…

NDSU Promotes Public Health with Week Full of Events

Students, faculty, and all community members are welcome at the events

FARGO, N.D. – NDSU is celebrating National Public Health Week by offering a series of week-long events promoting the importance of public health. Some of the topics touch on vaping, women’s mental health, American-Indian public health, and the “me too” movement. Anyone in the community is welcome at the events. Dr. Abby Gold, the vice-chair of NDSU’s Department of Public…

Otter Tail County Becomes First MN County to Raise Minimum Tobacco Age

The measure passed unanimously by Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — When Diane Thorson began serving as Otter Tail County’s Public Health Director in 1978, she said it was common to see county commissioners smoking in the council chambers. Forty years later, Thorson says she’s glad the men sitting in those same chairs did their part to make it harder for kids to get a hold of tobacco…

ND Medical Personnel to Assist with Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Two teams of 28 people will make the trip to Raleigh on Wednesday

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo is 1,500 miles away from the flooding and devastation brought on by Hurricane Florence, but that distance won’t dampen the spirits of volunteers eager to make a difference by helping the victims in North Carolina. “People are losing their homes, people are losing everything they care about, everything they take for granted, and if I could do…

Fargo Cass Public Health Celebrates the Careers of Ruth Roman, Dr. John Baird

The two health officials retired after decades of service in public health

FARGO, N.D. — Two important figures involved with public health in the metro celebrate their retirements. Director of Public Health Ruth Roman and health officer Dr. John Baird were honored for the work they did in their careers. Baird worked for Fargo Cass Public Health since 2002. Roman, who became director in 2008, also received a plaque commemorating her nearly three…

Fargo Cass Public Health Conducts Training Exercise

The training covers the process people would through during a public health emergency

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health hosted a training exercise at Fargo North High School to practice what would happen if a biological or chemical attack happened. Fargo North’s gym was converted into a makeshift point-of-dispensing, or POD, so residents could go through a simulation of what would happen if there was a public health emergency. “It’s a community point-of-dispensing…