Local government to be briefed on COVID during their meetings this week

The Bemidji City Council and the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will hear updates on the local COVID situation during their meetings this week.

Beltrami County Public Health and Sanford Health will make the presentations.

BCPH recently reported over 340 active cases were being monitored.

More than 76 percent of Beltrami’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, with just over 70 percent fully vaccinated.

The county board will also review updates to a COVID preparedness plan as well as discuss a COVID recovery and relief grant during their meetings Tuesday.

The preparedness plan includes policies and procedures for quarantine time, work-from-home agreements, and other guidelines.

The relief grant program would use the United Way of Bemidji Area as a sub-recipient, using funds from the third economic stimulus package.

These American Rescue Plan dollars, according to a memo from County Administrator Tom Barry, must be used within three years and can flexibly be used to support households, essential workers and communities hit hardest by the pandemic, with a goal of building a more equitable local economy.

Other items on the county board’s agendas include:

  • Behavior Health Crisis Facility update
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Update
  • Lease Agreement with the Ninth Judicial District.

The meetings of the Beltrami County Board will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, for the quarterly meeting of the community health board.

The Bemidji City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Other items on their agenda include:

  • A public hearing on lot maintenance assessments
  • Authorizing a feasibility study for the 2022 Street Renewal Project
  • First reading of an ordinance amending the fee schedule.

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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