Situation Update for Monday, May 24

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 469 new COVID-19 cases today and no newly-reported deaths.

In total, the state has had 599,234 cases and 7,370 deaths.

Today’s data comes after around 13,000 tests were completed yesterday.

More than 4.2 million people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state with 9.8 million tests completed.

As of today, 586,144 of the state’s COVID patients no longer need isolation.

MDH reported six new COVID-19 cases in Cass County, one new case in Clearwater County, and seven new cases in Hubbard County.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 4,023 cases and 59 deaths, Cass County has had 2,805 cases and 31 deaths, Clearwater County has had 880 cases and 16 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,929 cases and 41 deaths.

COVID-19 vaccinations have taken a noticeable drop. So far in May, about 700,000 doses have been administered, compared to nearly 1.6 million shots completed last month.

As of Friday, Minnesota had nearly 2.5 million Minnesotans with completed vaccination series, with at least 2.8 million starting the series.

In Beltrami County, about 54 percent of the population over the age of 16 has started their COVID shots, with more than 18,000 completing the series.

About 43 percent of Clearwater County’s population over the age of 16 has started their vaccine series, with 2,791 completing the series.

Forty-six percent of Hubbard County’s 16 and older population has started the COVID-19 vaccine series with 7,386 completing it. In Cass County, about 49 percent of the 16 and older population has started the series, with 10,615 completing the doses.

The drop in doses was also noticed in north-central Minnesota counties. In April, 7,260 vaccines were administered in Beltrami County, compared to 1,971 so far administered in May.


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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