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Congregate living residents are set to be vaccinated after staff members

Long-term care workers and congregate living staff are among the first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. But when will the residents the workers care for receive a vaccine? All residents living in a congregate setting who have opted into the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Thrifty White Drug have the opportunity to be vaccinated starting Dec. 27. State immunization officials said it may only take about three weeks to get through every resident. Although long-term care residents have to wait another week to get a COVID-19 shot, some staff members are already being vaccinated. Janelle Sims, who works in a Transitional Care unit at CHI St. Alexius, rolled up her sleeve Friday morning. “I feel a lot of hope right now,” said Sims.

Congregate living residents are set to be vaccinated after staff members

National Hero Day: Meet some everyday heroes who make all the difference during the pandemic

Healthcare workers and first responders put others before themselves each day in an effort to save lives. On National Hero Day, we met some everyday heroes who make all the difference. The definition of a hero is different to everyone; it doesn’t always mean you wear a cape or can fly. ICU nurse Margo Maxon knows sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.

National Hero Day

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston receives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston received their first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, with three health care providers receiving the first doses. CHI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Wayne Anderson, along with Drs. Bruce Pugatch and Curtis Small received the first does of the Moderna vaccine, which arrived at CHI around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. CHI received around 300 doses of the vaccine, which will be administered to the hospital's front-line workers.

Williston receives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Bismarck Doctor Receives Vaccine at State Press Conference

Active cases of COVID-19 in North Dakota dropped below 3,000 on Wednesday, and coronavirus-related hospitalizations plummeted to their lowest level in nearly two months, in large part due to what state officials said was data catch-up following a recent surge in cases. Hospitalizations plunged from 277 to 160 -- a one-day drop of 42%. But about half of the hospitalizations whose status was changed involved discharges before Dec. 1, according to the Department of Health. Disease Control Director Kirby Kruger cited case workers catching up, a lag in reporting and "inconsistent" data entry.

Bismarck Doctor Receives Vaccine at State Press Conference

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston prepares for first COVID-19 vaccine shipment

The Williston Herald spoke with CHI’s Pharmacy Director Dave Sandberg regarding CHI’s vaccine distribution plan. The FDA issued an Emergency use Authorization for the Pfizer version of the vaccine, which has already begun distribution. CHI will be utilizing the Moderna COVID vaccine, as it does not require cold-chain storage like the Pfizer vaccine.

Bismarck launches Operation White Lights

In March, it was hearts on windows. Then, it was sidewalk chalk. Now, communities are encouraged to show support to frontline workers in a new way. CHI St. Alexius began Operation White Lights on Monday. The project encourages communities to display white Christmas lights or ribbons outside their homes and businesses.

Bismarck launches Operation White Lights

Bismarck Staff Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Three front-line health care workers were the first of many CHI St. Alexius employees to receive the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Emmanuel Fermil, nurse Kristen Renner and respiratory therapist Julie Nuss received their first doses Tuesday afternoon.

Bismarck Staff Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Bismarck KX Town Hall: Your Health First

In the KX News December Town Hall, we look at the latest trends for our state with COVID-19. Molly Howell with the North Dakota Department of Health gives us an update on the vaccine coming soon to North Dakota.

Bismarck KX Town Hall: Your Health First