COVID-19 updates for Monday, Nov. 29

Beltrami County Public Health Director Megan Heuer says three more Beltrami County deaths were recorded over the weekend.

MDH’s official Beltrami County COVID-19 death toll is 94, but Heuer says these three deaths will be added to the state’s record in the next couple of days.

The county is monitoring 233 active cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, with 25 COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally.

Of those patients, 14 are county residents.

MDH’s Monday report included information gathered over two days of the holiday break.

More than 4,500 new cases were reported as were 44 new COVID deaths.

Of the new cases, 30 were in Beltrami County, 33 were in Cass County, seven were in Clearwater County and five were in Hubbard County.

One of Monday’s reported deaths was a Cass County resident in their late 60s, and another was a Hubbard County resident in their late 50s.

MDH also issued a statement that no cases of the Omicron variant have yet been discovered in the state and that Minnesota has one of the strongest genomic sequencing and variant surveillance systems.

MDH says “new variants are expected to occur” and the strongest defense against the variants is vaccination, including boosters.

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