Situation Update for Monday, July 20

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 922 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four newly reported deaths, one of those deaths being a child under the age of five in Clay County.

According to today’s report, 669 of the new cases reported today have not been assigned to a county, due to unknown or missing data.

That brings the state’s cumulative total to 47,107 cases and 1,545 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,187 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 4,375 were health care workers.

Approximately 867,410 tests have been completed with 14,261 completed July 19.

To date, 40,742 patients no longer need to be isolated.

Today, there are 247 COVID patients in hospitals across the state, and of those, 115 are in ICU.

There have been 986 cases of COVID-19 in children between the ages of birth and five, but today marks the first death for children and youth under the age of 19.

The largest age cohort of positive cases is between the ages of 20 and 29, with 10,865 cases and two deaths.

In north central Minnesota, but please note that 669 of the newly reported COVID cases have not yet been assigned a county, MDH reports:

  • One new case reported in Koochiching County, bringing the county’s total to 37 with two deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, bringing the county’s total to 18 with one death; one new case in Roseau County, bringing the county’s total to 32.
  • Beltrami County is reported at 101 cases, Clearwater at 14, Hubbard at 12, Itasca at 96 with 12 deaths, Lake of the Woods zero.

Please note that all COVID totals from MDH are cumulative, which do not factor in those who have been released from isolation or those who have died.

According to a release from Itasca County Public Health, the county saw 23 new cases in a week, which they say are initially tied to congregating and gatherings over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Anyone who has had contact with somebody who has a pending test are asked to limit movements outside the home as much as possible and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Exposure to someone who may be positive includes being within six feet of someone for at least 15 minutes.

The Bemidji City Council will discuss a possible mask mandate during their meeting this evening.

Retailers across the country have also unveiled their own mask mandates while inside stores, including Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Home Depot, and Kohl’s.


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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