Situation Update for Monday, Feb. 1

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 727 new COVID-19 cases and two new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 462,528 and the death toll to 6,202.

Of all deaths, 3,930 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 36,532 were health care workers.

Today’s data comes after over 21,000 COVID tests were completed yesterday. Over 3.270 million people have been tested so far, with 6.597 million tests completed.

Over 447,000 of the state’s COVID cases no longer need isolation.

According to the Washington Post’s free COVID vaccine tracker, over 400,000 Minnesotans have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing about 7 percent of the population. About 2 percent of the population has received their second dose.

Gov. Tim Walz announced a new push to vaccinate more of Minnesota’s seniors today. An estimated 35,000 vaccines will be administered this week.

MDH is reporting one new COVID-19 case in Beltrami County today, one new case in Cass County, one new case in Clearwater County and four new cases in Hubbard County.

Beltrami County Public Health reported on Friday that they were actively monitoring 67 cases, with 50 new cases reported in the week ending Jan. 29. Nearly 3,100 of the county’s COVID patients were out of isolation, and none of Beltrami County’s COVID cases were hospitalized.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 3,211 COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths, Cass County has had 2,121 cases and 24 deaths, Clearwater County has had 690 cases and 14 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,544 cases and 38 deaths.

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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