Sanford Fargo CEO begs people to wear masks for holidays

FARGO, N.D. — The head of the largest hospital in the most populous city in North Dakota says the failure of people to follow COVID-19 protocols could have consequences aside from spreading the virus.

Sanford Fargo president and CEO Bryan Nermoe says some patients who need treatment for ailments other than the virus would be forced to be put on waiting lists or be sent to facilities hundreds of miles away.

This comes after the North Dakota Emergency Commission approved the allocation of $15 million to hospital staffing statewide from the state’s over $1.25 billion in CARES Act funds on Monday. However, the proposal has not met final approval from the Legislature’s Budget Section at this time.

North Dakota has reported over a thousand new positive tests of COVID-19 today, with Cass County continuing to lead in positive cases.

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In Fargo alone, the city’s three hospitals were down to four staffed intensive care unit beds and 19 staffed inpatient beds on Tuesday.

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