COVID updates for Monday, Nov. 1

Beltrami County Public Health, as of Friday, was monitoring 289 active cases of COVID-19.

The weekly report said 437 new cases were reported in the last 14 days. Eight Beltrami residents were hospitalized for COVID-19.

On Friday, MDH reported 37 new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County, 12 new cases in Cass County, five new cases in Clearwater County and 13 new cases in Hubbard County.

MDH reported 16 new COVID deaths Friday. One was a Beltrami County resident in their late 70s, one was a Hubbard County resident in their early 40s, and one was a Hubbard County resident in their early 60s.

The CDC’s COVID tracker shows Beltrami County, with the rest of the state, is still in high COVID transmission.

In the last seven days, as of Saturday, there was an over 8 percent drop in new COVID cases reported in Beltrami County, even as more tests were performed.

The tracker says that as of Sunday, there was a 5.32 percent increase in tests performed in the last seven days compared to the previous week.

MDH’s situation update for Monday included 2,857 newly reported cases and 7,597 reinfection cases recorded since the start of the pandemic, bringing the total new cases reported Monday to 10,454.

The release says that, as of Nov. 1, “Minnesota has had 8,184 instances of reinfections since the start of the pandemic. Of that total number, 587 were already included in the state’s case total as separate cases due to discrepancies in matching people with multiple tests. Including the remaining 7,597 reinfections in the case overview pushes today’s case figure to 10,454 — 7,597 are the reinfections being added and 2,857 are new cases.”

MDH says they have been not been counting reinfections until now due to a lack of a standard national case definition.

The CDC recently defined reinfection as a positive test 90 days after a previous positive test.

Of the cases reported Monday by MDH, 145 were in Beltrami County, 65 were in Cass County, 19 were in Clearwater County, and 33 were in Hubbard County.

MDH also reported 25 new COVID deaths Monday.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 6,953 cases and 83 deaths, Cass County has had 4,426 cases and 47 deaths, Clearwater County has had 1,416 cases and 18 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 3,048 cases and 46 deaths.

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