Situation Update for Friday, July 17

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 669 new cases of COVID-19 and seven newly reported deaths, bringing the cumulative totals to 45,013 cases and 1,533 deaths.

There are another 40 probable COVID deaths not included in that total.

Of those deaths, 1,183 were residnets of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 4,278 were health care workers.

Approximately 819,511 have been tested so far, with 14,671 tests completed July 16.

There are 252 COVID patients hospitalized today, 110 of those are in ICU, and 38,568 patients no longer need to be isolated.

MDH reported 12 new cases in Beltrami County, bringing their case count here to 83.

Beltrami Emergency Management reports 15 new cases confirmed yesterday alone, and the county, as of yesterday evening, is monitoring 42 active cases.

Graph courtesy of Chris Muller, Beltrami County Emergency Management Director. Note that the graph includes patients with permanent addresses in Beltrami County, and shows the case numbers through Wednesday, July 15. The county may be monitoring more cases with permanent addresses outside Beltrami County.

The local COVID response team also reports a significant increase to receive results of a COVID test, which is anticipated to be between six and eight days.

Exposure to COVID includes being in close proximity to an infected person without wearing a mask for longer than 15 minutes.

MDH also reported two new COVID-19 cases in Cass County, bringing their total to 28 with two deaths; one new case in Clearwater County, bringing their total to 15; five new cases in Itasca County, bringing their total to 91 with 12 deaths; two new cases in Koochiching County, bringing their total to 31 with two deaths; one new cased in Mahnomen County, bringing their total to 16 with one death; and one new case in Roseau County, bringing their total to 31.

All case counts by MDH are cumulative and do not reflect the number of active cases a county is currently monitoring.

GoldPine Home in Beltrami County was added to the COVID-exposed congregate care facility list today. Since July 10, facilities that have been without a new COVID exposure for 28 days have been removed from the list. Sanford WoodsEdge Senior Living Neilson Place is also on the list at this time.

An exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who either visited, worked or lived at a congregate care facility while they were contagious.

MASKS

The City of Bemidji will discuss a mask requirement during their meeting Monday. A number of head offices of retailers recently announced that masks will be required while inside their stores. Below is a list of such retailers that have stores in Bemidji.

  • Walmart stores across the country will require masks starting Monday, July 20. Read more about that here.
  • CVS stores will require masks starting Monday.
  • Kohl’s stores will require masks starting Monday.
  • Target stores will require masks starting Saturday, Aug. 1. Target says they’ll provide masks to those who arrive without one.

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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