Situation Update for Friday, June 19

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 362 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 17 newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 32,031 cases and 1,361 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,077 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those positive cases, 3,327 were health care workers.

Approximately 475,152 tests have been completed as of today, and 14.216 tests were completed within the last 24 hours. To date, 27,709 patients no longer need to be isolated.

By subtracting the number released from isolation and deaths from the state’s cumulative total, that leaves 2,961 active cases across the state.

COVID-19 patients in the ICU continues to decrease, with COVID-19 patients occupying 168 ICU beds as of today. This is the lowest number since May 5.

In northwest Minnesota, MDH reported no new cases or deaths.

Cumulatively, Beltrami County has had 23 cases of COVID-19, and at least 20 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to Beltrami’s Public Health Director Cynthia Borgen.

Cass County has had 12 cases with two deaths, Clearwater County has had five cases, Hubbard has had five, Itasca County has had 59 with 12 deaths, Koochiching has had nine, Mahnomen has had six with one death and Roseau County has had six.

Lake of the Woods County on the Canadian border remains the only Minnesota county without a single COVID-19 case.


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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