Situation Update for Friday, Nov. 13

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,552 new COVID-19 cases today, with 5,339 new confirmed and 214 new probable cases, bringing the state’s case total to 207,339, with 205,088 confirmed and 2,251 probable cases in total.

Forty-six new COVID deaths were reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,839. Thirty-three of those deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of those deaths, 1,954 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 17,084 were health care workers.

Over 3.251 million PCR tests and about 53,000 antigen tests have been completed so far, with 49,000 PCR tests and about 2,300 antigen tests completed yesterday.

To date, 161,756 COVID patients in Minnesota no longer need to be isolated.

State health officials are urging Minnesotans between the ages of 18 to 35 to get tested, due to the high numbers of asymptomatic COVID carriers in this age group, as well as people who are planning to attend indoor Thanksgiving gatherings outside of their households. No cost, in-home testing kits are available to all Minnesotans, with or without insurance, in every county. Find out more about the program here.

Three COVID-19 deaths were reported in the region today: Clearwater County’s third death, a resident in their early 90s; Hubbard County’s 13th death, a resident in their early 90s, and Itasca County’s 19th death, a resident in their late 50s.

Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were reported in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s case totals to 1,423 confirmed cases, two probable cases and 13 deaths.

Beltrami County Emergency Management reports that this week, 271 new cases were added, and the county was monitoring 291 active cases. Nien Beltrami County COVID patients are currently hospitalized, but COVID hospitalizations at Sanford may be higher. The local COVID-19 case rate is 107.16.

Those who have pending test results are urged to quarantine as if you were positive, with exceptions for mass testing events or a pre-operation test. Due to the high case volume, contact tracing and case investigation is currently experiencing delays.

Thirty-eight new cases were reported in Cass County, for a total of 831 confirmed cases, two probable cases and eight deaths; eight new cases in Clearwater County, for a total of 280 confirmed cases; and 16 new cases in Hubbard County, for a total of 716 confirmed cases and two probable cases.

Thirty-six new cases were reported in Itasca County, for a total of 1,258 confirmed cases; five new cases in Koochiching County, for a total of 242 confirmed cases, one probable case and five deaths; one new confirmed and one new probable case in Lake of the Woods County, for a total of 62 confirmed cases, five probable cases and one death; one new case in Mahnomen County, for a total of 168 confirmed cases and three deaths; and 18 new confirmed and five new probable cases in Roseau County, for a total of 554 confirmed cases, 91 probable cases and one death.


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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