Clearwater confirms first COVID-19 case

Updated at 1:27 p.m.

The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook that the first case of COVID-19 in Clearwater County was confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

According to the release, the patient had contact with someone with a confirmed case of the virus. The patient is currently isolated at home.

The MDH map today does not show Clearwater, but does show Hubbard County.

Hubbard County Deputy Sheriff and Emergency Manager Brian Halbasch said in a release at 12:55 p.m. that the indication of Hubbard County on the case map is an error by the Minnesota Department of Health, and that there is no known active case of COVID-19 in Hubbard County.

Beltrami County has another confirmed case, according to MDH.

As of this morning, there are 441 positive cases of COVID-19, 43 new since yesterday.

There have been five reported deaths, and 57 hospitalized. As of today, 30 remain hospitalized.

Over 16,000 tests have been completed in the state, and 220 patients no longer need to be isolated after contracting the disease.


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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