Bruce Gjovig, a neighborhood writer and the previous head of UND’s Middle for Innovation, is hospitalized with COVID, based on a number of social media experiences that the Herald has confirmed privately.
Gjovig’s situation is severe, and based on an entry on the web site CaringBridge, he’s respiratory with the assistance of a ventilator. He stays at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Additional updates on Gjovig’s well being are anticipated to be launched on CaringBridge, at caringbridge.org/go to/brucegjovig.
“Presently, Bruce is battling COVID-19,” a Nov. 15 replace to the CaringBridge website reads. “He stays in ICU, in an induced coma, respiratory with the assistance of a ventilator. We respect your help and phrases of hope and encouragement.”
Gjovig has had a extreme case of COVID since a minimum of final week. North Dakota radio character Scott Hennen shared his help for Gjovig on Nov. 13, requesting neighborhood prayers and calling Gjovig a “legendary thinker, writer, entrepreneur coach and longtime good friend to many.”
State Rep. Emily O’Brien, R-Grand Forks, shared an replace on Gjovig on social media on Monday night.
“His coronary heart is robust! Kidneys are working! Bruce Gjovig is just too robust and too cussed to let this virus have the final phrase!” she wrote. “Please maintain him in your prayers and don’t lose hope!”
Though numerous Better Grand Forks public figures have contracted COVID, Gjovig’s case will be the first extensively identified case wherein a widely known native newsmaker has developed such extreme problems. However it’s the newest in an extended line of diseases which have stored native well being care staff busy during the pandemic; the North Dakota Division of Well being has tracked greater than 13,500 instances in Grand Forks County because the begin of the pandemic.
Along with his work at UND, Gjovig has additionally been a prolific donor and energy dealer lively in conservative Grand Forks politics. He has been an Air Power-appointed neighborhood liaison with the native Air Power base since 2016.
“Bruce has accomplished a lot for therefore many locally,” Barry Wilfahrt, head of the native Chamber of Commerce, instructed the Herald. “I’m simply unhappy to listen to he’s within the hospital.”