COVID updates for Monday, Oct. 25

Beltrami County Public Health Director Megan Heuer reported Monday afternoon that her department is monitoring 248 active cases of COVID-19.

The 80th Beltrami County resident died of COVID-19, reported by the Minnesota Department of Health and Heuer on Monday.

Fifteen COVID patients are in local hospital beds, with 11 of those being county residents.

MDH reported 3,010 new COVID-19 cases Monday and 22 new deaths.

Thirty-four of those new cases were in Beltrami County, nine were in Cass County, one was in Clearwater County, and eight were in Hubbard County.

One of today’s reported deaths was a Cass County resident in their late 70s.

MDH recorded 2,150 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 22 new COVID deaths.

Of all cases reported, 51 were in Beltrami County, 27 were in Cass County, six were in Clearwater County and 26 were in Hubbard County.

One of the deaths reported Friday was a Cass County resident in their early 70s.

Minnesotans who received either the Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccines can now receive a booster dose.

Boosters for any COVID-19 vaccine are available for those over the age of 65, adults who live in long-term care settings, adults who have underlying medical conditions, and adults that work or live in high-risk settings.

High-risk work settings include health care, food service and grocery stores.

Federal officials have also authorized mixing and matching vaccine brands for the booster dose.

Vaccines are widely available in the county, at local pharmacies, or through Beltrami County Public Health and Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota clinics.

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