Situation Update for Friday, Sept. 25

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 1,191 new COVID-19 cases today and six new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative case total to 94,189 and a death toll of 1,994.

Of those deaths, 1,438 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 10,002 were health care workers.

Over 1.924 million tests have been completed so far, with over 28,000 completed yesterday.

To date, 84,256 COVID patients no longer need to be isolated.

Three new COVID patients were admitted into ICUs yesterday, with two others hospitalized in non-critical settings. MDH no longer keeps data on how many COVID patients are hospitalized each day.

MDH reported nine new COVID cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 413 with five deaths.

A widespread testing event will be held next Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bemidji Armory. Find out more here.

MDH also recorded six new COVID cases in Cass County, bringing their total to 165. A new COVID death was also recorded in Cass County, a resident in their early 70s. There have been four COVID deaths in Cass County in total.

MDH also recorded three new COVID cases in Hubbard County, total of 97 cases and one death; nine new cases in Itasca County, total of 313 with 14 deaths; and one new case in Roseau County, total of 118 cases.

The case rate by county spreadsheet was updated Thursday, with rates added for the two-week period ending Sept. 12.

Beltrami County’s rate did not change and remained at 6.94. Koochiching County’s rate also remained steady at 5.54.

Counties in north central Minnesota that saw case rate increases include:

  • Hubbard County, from 3.83 to 6.71
  • Itasca County, from 10.4 to 11.06
  • Lake of the Woods County, from 18.38 to 23.63
  • Mahnomen County, from 7.26 to 10.9
  • Roseau County, from 16.17 to 17.46

Counties that saw case rate decreases include:

  • Cass County, from 4.13 to 3.45
  • Clearwater County, from 6.81 to 5.67

Guidance from the state indicates that school districts should adopt a learning plan suited to their case numbers. For case rates of less than 10, all students can attend in-person classes. For rates between 10 and less than 20, elementary students can attend in-person while secondary attends hybrid. For rates between 20 and less than 30, all students would need to attend hybrid classes.


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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