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.

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. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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