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Health Experts Say Risk For Catching COVID-19 in Public Pools Is Low

With pools reopening in Fargo and West Fargo, many are concerned it would only further spread COVID-19.

FARGO & WEST FARGO, N.D. – With pools reopening in Fargo and West Fargo, many are concerned it would only further spread COVID-19. We spoke to an infectious diseases expert who says if a pool is properly kept, the chlorine should be able to kill the virus, so the risk is low. He also says as long as as you…

Minot Air Force Base shows support for healthcare workers with Air Force Salute

FARGO, N.D. — Minot Air Force Base is showing its support for healthcare workers the best way its pilots know how. As people gathered to watch, a B-52 flew over Sanford Medical Center in honor of staff members. The flyover, known as an Air Force Salute, is a gesture of gratitude for those helping in the fight against COVID-19. Although…

FBI Investigates Death of Young Girl on Spirit Lake Reservation

A 5-year-old girl was found dead and her 7-year-old brother was injured

SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION, N.D. — The FBI is investigating the death of a young girl on the Spirit Lake Reservation. The incident happened on May 6th. Authorities say a five-year-old girl was found dead and her seven-year-old brother was injured. He is stable condition in the ICU of Sanford Health in Fargo. FBI agents are working with the BIA and…

Sanford Health Plan Offers Ways To Manage Health Insurance After Job Loss Or Transition

They say during these difficult times it is especially important to know what are your options.

FARGO, N.D.- The first thing they want you to look at is if there are any options to continue the insurance with your past employer. Another possibility is seeing if COBRA coverage is an option. That is something the government requires employers to offer after someone’s laid off or terminated from the job. “The Pros of that are that a…

Antibody Testing In The Works For All Sanford Health Locations

It is one way to determine who has previously been infected

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health in Fargo is getting ready to provide antibody testing throughout its health system locations. Their lab in Sioux Falls now has equipment in place to process the antibody tests. It is one way to determine who has previously been infected. It does not tell you if you currently have COVID-19. The test can also lead…

New Life Center Reports First COVID-19 Infection

The individual is currently hospitalized at Sanford health.

FARGO, N.D.–The New Life Center in Fargo confirms its first case of COVID-19 on Thursday. The Center reports the individual is currently hospitalized at Sanford health and is in good condition. The individual appeared asymptomatic while at the shelter and has not been at New Life Center since April 21. New Life Center says it will be informing all potentially…

Breckenridge sisters make face masks to support Sanford Health Employee Crisis Fund

Piper, Ava and Finley Jaehning say they have already made about 400 face masks

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — While many people are using this time of social distancing to relax, Piper, Ava and Finley Jaehning have been hard at work. The three sisters have found a way to do their part in helping others through the pandemic by breaking out the sewing kit and putting their skills to good use by making face masks. “My…

Couple makes comfier masks using 3D printer, donate them to Sanford Health

FARGO, N.D. – A husband and wife team are doing what they can for healthcare workers with the help of Microsoft. Ryan Borstelmann of Microsoft decided to improve mask comfort after hearing complaints from his wife who works at Roger Maris Cancer Center. Using a 3D printer and some open source designs, he went to work producing mask straps that…

Herd immunity could end the COVID-19 pandemic, but could overwhelm healthcare systems

A vaccination for COVID-19 is not expected to arrive for another 12-18 months

FARGO, N.D. — There are two ways to become immune to an infectious disease; to become infected and recover or to receive a vaccination. To reach herd immunity, the majority of a population would need to become immune in one of those ways. That would make the disease less likely to be spread to those who aren’t immune because there…

Sanford Health Treats First Coronavirus Patient with Plasma

Sanford’s first patient receiving the therapy is in Fargo, North Dakota.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)–Sanford Health says a critically ill patient has received a transfusion of plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient, the first use of the therapy by the health care provider. Sanford’s treatment is part of a national clinical trial to test the effect of blood plasma in treating COVID-19. The use of plasma is for hospitalized patients with…