Situation Update for Monday, March 30

Posted at 10:00 a.m. Updated at 11:58 a.m.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available. For all articles related to COVID-19, view the category on the home page

STATE UPDATES

As of Monday, ten have died from complications of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

This morning, MDH confirmed that 576 people have tested positive, 73 more than yesterday.

Minnesota Department of Health map of COVID-19 cases as of Monday, March 30. The darker blue counties indicate the most cases, where the lightest green ones represent the fewest.

Of these cases, 260 patients have recovered and no longer need to be isolated.

Ninety-two have required hospitalization since the first cases were reported in Minnesota, and 56 remain hospitalized, with 24 in intensive care.

Minnesota has 235 intensive care unit beds in the state.

The Minnesota Department of Health and Governor Tim Walz will hold a press conference  this afternoon at 2 p.m.

LOCAL UPDATES

Itasca County has confirmed their first COVID-19 patient over the weekend. According to a release, the patient is in their 60s, and the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed it Sunday.

Beltrami County now has a reported three cases, and Clearwater County has one. Cass County still has one confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is now accepting grant applications for their Emergency Disaster Recovery Fund, in response to the needs of communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant proposals up to $5,000 will be considered on an ongoing basis, and eligible applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a tribal entity or a government agency. For more information, view their website.

Bemidji Parks and Recreation is strongly encouraging the public to practice safe social distancing at city parks. They also recommend the use of park facilities and playgrounds be kept to a minimum. Restroom and water fountain facilities are still winterized and will not be available for public use for the foreseeable future.

Beltrami County is still seeking donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and public health officials. Donations such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, gowns and “booties” are being sought. To organize a drop off, call Beltrami County Records Division at 333-4187.

The Alerus Center in Grand Forks will remain closed to the public, with all events cancelled, until April 30.

 


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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