Rise in at-home COVID tests leads to fewer active cases reported, COVID still high in community

Beltrami County’s COVID website says that due to many residents taking over-the-counter tests, not all cases in the community are being reported accurately.

The website also says that the MDH new case data is often at least a week late.

As of Thursday afternoon, public health was aware of 270 active cases in the county and 701 new cases were reported in the last 14 days.

They stress that there is more COVID in the community than is being reported to the state.

Six residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Sanford Health announced that due to high testing volumes, they are temporarily pausing issuing tests to asymptomatic patients.

Only those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be tested through Sanford, and they encourage those with mild symptoms to take an at-home test.


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