Public Health reporting positive trend on local COVID-19 front

Featured photo: Sanford Health officials at a Bemidji testing site. Submitted.

Beltrami County Public Health is reporting a positive trend in the local COVID-19 situation.

During the County Board work session Tuesday, Public Health Director Cynthia Borgen says cases have remained largely flat at around 40 cases per week, the same level the county was at last July.

Borgen also discussed the new vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, with that vaccine available next week.

Borgen said they will focus efforts to vaccinate difficult to reach populations, such as the homeless.

Over 3,300 vaccines have been administered under Beltrami Public Health, with Red Lake administering over 2,000 vaccines.

Anyone over the age of 65 is eligible to receive a vaccine now, and Beltrami Public Health is encouraging those seniors to call them at (218)333-8140 to set up an appointment or get on a waiting list if they have not yet been vaccinated.

Dr. David Wilcox from Sanford Bemidji says COVID hospitalizations have also been on a downward trend, and 4,200 vaccines have been administered by the local hospital.


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 events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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