TESTING

State adds new sites to rapid testing program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) – Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced a further expansion of rapid testing availability at community sites across Minnesota. Beginning today (Oct. 20) the state will offer rapid tests at existing testing locations in Moorhead and St. Paul.  Tests will be offered in Duluth and Brooklyn Park beginning Friday. Sites in Crookston and Hutchinson will open…

Unvaccinated Students And Staff Asked To Wear Masks In West Fargo Public Schools

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Students and staff at West Fargo Public Schools who are unvaccinated are being asked to wear a face mask in school buildings. The details were presented in a letter to the school district by Superintendent Beth Slette and School Board President Jim Jonas. It is a recommendation and not a requirement. The district will also offer…

Moorhead Schools encourages students to get Covid-19 tests every two weeks

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Health officials with Moorhead Area Public Schools approve of the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendation for students to get tested for Covid-19 every two weeks until the end of the school year. State health officials say 17 percent of the state’s Covid-19 cases have come from those under the age of 20. Moorhead district officials say they…

State asks Minnesota families to get tested every 2 weeks

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota public health officials are asking families to get tested for the coronavirus every two weeks from now until the end of the school year, in an effort to limit impact of the disease. The state Department of Health Campaign is asking families, health professionals, schools and youth organizations to help encourage regular COVID-19 testing. State officials say…

COVID-19 rapid testing available at Hector International Airport

Testing helps identify asymptomatic passengers and removes them from the transmission train

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Beginning Saturday, December 26th, the North Dakota Army National Guard will be providing rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving at Hector International Airport. Tests will be self-administered by travelers and results will be ready approximately 15 minutes following the test. North Dakota Army National Guard representatives will be available one hour prior to the first arriving…

North Dakota to receive 220,000 BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests

It is up to Gov. Doug Burgum to decide how the testing kits will be distributed

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is receiving 220,000 rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The test kits, called BinaxNOW and made by Abbott Laboratories, can detect the virus in as little as 15 minutes. Although HHS Asst. Sec. for Health Admiral Brett Giroir says false positives and negatives are possible with any medical…

Governor Walz says Covid-19 cases ‘will not get good over the next few weeks’

What makes him feel hopeful and optimistic is he has a plan.

MOORHEAD, Minn.-  Governor Tim Walz hosts a roundtable in Moorhead to talk about the impact of COVID-19 in the area Randi Trowbdridge and her daughter were the first ones in their Barnesville household to get COVID-19. Their symptoms were mild. “Cold, sinus infection type,” Trowbridge said. Five days later, Randi’s husband started developing symptoms. At first, they were mild as…

Moorhead opens first COVID-19 saliva testing site

It's part of the state's efforts to provide different options for COVID-19 testing

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Moorhead opens its first COVID-19 saliva testing site. The saliva testing is free and available to all Minnesota residents whether they have symptoms or not. You’re encouraged to set up an appointment on the state’s Health Department website, but walk-ins are also accepted. They ask people to not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum at least 30…

Three Day COVID-19 Testing Event Starts at Moorhead Armory

Moorhead tries to get ahead of the recent spike in Minnesota COVID cases and holds free test for the public.

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Three days of free COVID-19 testing is underway at the Moorhead Armory. Health officials want to get more people in the area tested for the virus. By noon Tuesday, they had already had 80 people stop by to get tested. Minnesota Department of Public Health is hoping they can test more young people before they get the…