COVID updates for Tuesday, Jan. 11

The Minnesota Department of Health’s latest report shows some decline in the COVID test positivity rate for Beltrami County.

For three full weeks of December, the county’s positivity rate was between 7 and 10 percent, compared to the between 10 and 15 percent rate from mid to late November.

The CDC COVID tracker shows a 26.24 percent positivity rate in Beltrami County through Jan. 7, though, which is a nearly 12 percent increase from the previous week. Not as many tests were performed within the last seven days leading to Jan. 7, a 31.6 percent decrease from the previous week.

MDH’s weekly report indicates that over the last 30 days, the delta variant has still accounted for nearly all cases in the northwest region of the state, with omicron accounting for just over one percent of cases.

On Monday, MDH reported 58 new cases within the county. MDH also reported 15 new cases in Cass County, two new cases in Clearwater County and 16 new cases in Hubbard County.

MDH also says a Clearwater County resident in their early 60s was among the reported COVID deaths Monday.

On Tuesday, MDH reported 125 new COVID cases in Beltrami County, 87 new cases in Cass County, 12 new cases in Clearwater County and 56 new cases in Hubbard County.

Tuesday data from MDH generally includes testing information gathered over the weekend, as well as from Monday.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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