Situation Update for Friday, Dec. 4

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 5,371 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the state’s cumulative case total to 338,973.

Sixty-one new COVID deaths were also reported, bringing the death toll to 3,845.

Of those deaths, 2,559 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 26,646 were health care workers.

Over 4.439 million COVID-19 tests have been completed, with 2.6 million Minnesotans tested. Yesterday, over 60,000 tests were completed.

To date, 293,151 COVID-19 patients no longer need to be isolated.

MDH reported 37 new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County today, for a total of 2,345 cases and 18 deaths; 14 new cases in Cass County, for a total of 1,547 cases, and one new death, a resident in their early 70s, bringing the county’s death toll to 12; 11 new cases in Clearwater County, for a total of 565 cases and 10 deaths; and 16 new cases in Hubbard County, for a total of 1,213 cases and 29 deaths.

COVID-19 case rates in north-central Minnesota appear to have slowed, or even decreased, in the latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

According to the Safe Learning Plan, for the two-week period ending Nov. 21, Beltrami County’s case rate per 10,000 people decreased by about half a point, to 130.54.

Cass County increased by about 9 points, to 175.04; Clearwater County’s decreased by about 20 points, to 222.43; and Hubbard County’s case rate increased about 15 points, to 164.41.

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