Situation Update for Monday, May 17

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 805 new COVID-19 cases today and ten newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 594,427 and the death toll to 7,296.

Two of today’s reported deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, bringing the total number of deaths in these types of facilities to 4,390.

Today’s data comes after around 25,000 tests were completed yesterday. More than 4.1 million people have been tested for COVID-19, with 9.6 million tests completed.

As of today, 578,338 of the state’s COVID patients no longer need isolation.

MDH reported nine new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County today, 11 new cases in Cass County, one new case in Clearwater County, and one new case in Hubbard County.

For the two-week period ending May 1, Beltrami County’s new COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 people increased by about one point, from 23.42 to 24.5.

Cass County’s rate dropped less than a point to 46.96, Clearwater County’s rate increased 17 points to 79.44, and Hubbard County’s rate increased by less than one point to 42.18.

Statewide, about 62 percent of the state’s population (16 and older) have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. No data is yet available on the number of 12-15-year-olds who have started their vaccine series.

In Beltrami County, about 53 percent of the county’s 16+ population has started their COVID-19 vaccination series, with 17,623 completing the series.

In Clearwater County, about 43 percent of 16 and older residents started their vaccine series. Hubbard County’s 16+ population has about 49 percent starting their vaccine series, and in Cass County, around 47 percent of the 16 and older population has started the series.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 3,978 COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths, Cass County has had 2,746 cases and 28 deaths, Clearwater County has had 870 cases and 16 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,902 cases and 41 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 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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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