Beltrami County sees seven new COVID cases over weekend

Beltrami County’s COVID-19 response team says seven new cases of the viral disease were reported over the weekend.

Six of those cases, according to a release, are related to a social group that visited several establishments in the area during the time they were contagious.

Two of the six reportedly experienced symptoms and the other four were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms at the time of testing.

The seventh new case does not have an identified link to this “social group.” Test results from additional close contacts are still pending.

There is a time lag between when the county receives notice of positive cases and when they are reported to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. As of 10:04 a.m., MDH reported Beltrami County as having a cumulative positive case total of 30.

The local response team reminds everyone to wear a mask while in public.

Between 10 and 50 percent of virus carriers are asymptomatic, and local, state and federal public health officials say that wearing masks has been shown to lower COVID-19 spread.

Other reminders include staying six feet away from others, avoiding enclosed spaces with groups of people, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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