Situation Update for Monday, Aug. 10

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 625 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative case total to 61,516 and a death toll of 1,660.

Of those deaths, 1,250 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 6,854 were health care workers.

Approximately 1.17 million COVID tests have been administered and 944,160 individual patients have been tested for the disease. About 12,700 tests were completed Sunday, Aug. 9.

To date, 54,364 COVID-19 patients have recovered to the point they no longer need to be isolated.

Hospitalizations appear to continue on a slowly increasing trend, with 159 hospitalized in ICU wards across the state, and another 161 hospitalized in non-critical settings.

Minnesotans in their 20s continue to take the lion’s share of COVID cases, accounting to 14,377 as of this morning.

Beltrami County Public Health Director Cynthia Borgen reported this morning that the county was monitoring 39 active cases of COVID-19 with six of those currently hospitalized. Minnesota Department of Health reported Beltrami County at 241 total cases, including those released from isolation.

For the two-week period ending July 25th, Beltrami County had a new case rate of 16.26 per 10,000 people, down about four points from the report issued the week before. With that rate, elementary students would be able to return to full in-person classes while middle and high school students remain on a hybrid learning model.

MDH reported one new COVID-19 case in Cass County, bringing their total to 73 with two deaths; one new case in Hubbard County, total of 34 cases; two new cases in Koochiching County, total of 79 with three deaths; and two new cases in Lake of the Woods County, total of four cases.

Cass County’s 14-day case rate per 10,000 people by date of specimen collection for July 12-July 25 is 8.27, Clearwater County’s is 0, Hubbard County’s is 5.75, Itasca County’s is 9.96, Koochiching County’s is 24.52, Lake of the Woods County’s is 2.63, Mahnomen County’s is 16.35, and Roseau County’s is 7.76.

According to the recommended policy options for these rates, a rate between 0 and 10 has a recommendation for in-person learning for all students; a rate between 10 and 20, elementary in-person, middle/high school hybrid; between 20 and 30, both hybrid.

Area congregate care facilities identified by MDH as being COVID exposed include:

  • GoldPine Home, Beltrami County
  • Jourdain Perpich Extended Care Facility, Beltrami County
  • Sanford Health WoodsEdge Senior Living Neilson Place, Beltrami County
  • Bigfork Valley Villa, Itasca County
  • Grand Village, Itasca County
  • Hillcrest Nashwauk, Itasca County

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.

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.

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