Situation Update for Monday, Nov. 30

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 5,801 new COVID-19 cases today, with 5,493 new confirmed and 308 new probable cases, bringing the state’s case totals to 318,763 cases, with 312,093 confirmed and 6,670 probable cases.

Fifteen COVID deaths were also reported today, bringing the state’s death toll to 3,593.

Of those deaths, 2,413 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 22,947 were health care workers.

Over. 4.262 million COVID-19 tests have been completed, with 4.156 million PCR tests and over 104,000 antigen tests completed to date.

Yesterday, about 42,000 PCR and 1,500 antigen tests were completed.

To date, 272,608 COVID-19 patients no longer need to be isolated.

Sanford Bemidji spokeswoman Lindsey Wangberg reported this morning that there were currently 25 COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally.

Beltrami County Public Health will release active case numbers momentarily.

About 200 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the long weekend, as were two additional deaths in Beltrami County. Today, MDH has tallied 11 new confirmed and nine new probable cases, as well as the 18th COVID-19 death, a resident in their late 80s. Beltrami County’s case totals are 2,154 confirmed and 38 probable cases.

Twenty new confirmed and three new probable cases reported in Cass County, for a total of 1,448 confirmed, 12 probable cases and 10 deaths; two new confirmed cases in Clearwater County, for a toital of 519 confirmed cases, seven probable cases and eight deaths; and eight new confirmed and one new probable case reported in Hubbard County, for a total of 1,146 confirmed, 11 probable cases and 25 deaths.

The latest case rate figures from the state, which is based on new COVID infections per 10,000 people over a two-week period, showed Beltrami County’s case rate increased by about 30 points, to 129.67; Cass County increased by about 30 points, to 166.43; Clearwater County’s case rate drastically increased, from 165.68 to 241.72; and Hubbard County’s rose by less than 10 points, to 137.09.


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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