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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…

Sanford Health brightens kids day with dog parade

The parade was a part of the hospital's pet therapy program

FARGO, N.D. — The pet therapy program at Sanford Health has always been a hit. Dogs get the opportunity to visit the hospitals to bring some positive energy for both children and staff. As Sanford continues to limit the number of those who can enter their buildings, however, there hasn’t been any recent visits from the animals. “We greatly value…

Essentia Health offers in-home testing, Mayor Mahoney pleased with social distancing improving

Mayor Mahoney discussed one of the main issues he sees in the city.

FARGO, N.D.- Essential Health started offering in-home testing for the coronavirus on Friday. “While this is an important milestone, the testing materials are still in limited supply, so we’re utilizing these guidelines to meet the needs of our most ill and high-risk patients,” says Chief Medical Officer at Essentia Health, Dr. Richard Vetter. The amount of time to get results…

Cass County Sees Single Largest Day Of Coronavirus Cases Tuesday With 8

The highest exposure category is community spread.

CASS COUNTY – The highest category in the state of infection rate is 30-39 year olds. The highest exposure category is community spread. Sanford Health says they have four in patients positive for COVID-19. Eight Sanford employees have also tested positive. The hospital says they have also seen an increase of testing at their drive thru location. “We averaged about…

LIVE: City of Fargo Hosting COVID-19 Public Briefing at 11 a.m.

FARGO, N.D.–The City of Fargo along with other metro governments is hosting a COVID-19 public briefing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Public health experts along with Sanford Health and Essential Health will be involved in the briefing. Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney, West Fargo Commission President Bernie Dardis and Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd will speak at the briefing in addition…