Local COVID numbers improving, superintendent hints at revisiting masking policy if trends continue

The Bemidji School Board’s monthly COVID-19 update appears to show slowly improving numbers.

Superintendent Tim Lutz said that student absences due to COVID are down to a third of what they had been a month ago, and minimal staff absences for COVID were reported in the last week.

County-wide, COVID numbers are slowly declining. Lutz said despite these encouraging signs at the moment, plenty of concern remains around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 42 percent of Bemidji students 12-18 are fully vaccinated, and about 12 percent of students 5-11 have gotten both shots.

Lutz said that as COVID cases decline and vaccination rates increase, the district may revisit moving the masking policy from a requirement to a recommendation.


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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