Situation Update for Monday, Oct. 12

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 1,178 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state’s case total to 113,439. The state health department also recorded three new deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,144.

Of those deaths, 1,522 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 11,654 were health care workers.

Over 2.337 million tests have been completed so far, with almost 18,000 completed Sunday, Oct. 11.

To date, 101,376 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

COVID-19 in this area continues to increase, with the latest new case rate per 10,000 people in Beltrami County  reported to be 23.2, for the two-week period ending Sept. 26, an increase of about 13 points from the previous report.

As of Friday, the public health team was monitoring 118 active cases, with 15 of those patients hospitalized. On Monday, MDH recorded 10 new cases in Beltrami County, bringing the case count to 647, and one new death reported today, a resident in their early 70s, bringing the county’s COVID death toll to six.

MDH recorded three new COVID cases in Cass County today, bringing the county’s total to 257 with four deaths; two new cases in Clearwater County, total of 52 cases; three new cases in Hubbard County, total of 213 with one death; 16 new cases in Itasca County, total of 569 with 16 deaths; two new cases in Lake of the Woods County, total of 37 with one death; and two new cases in Roseau County, total of 158 cases.

According to MDH’s Kris Ehresmann on Friday, nine COVID cases so far have been linked to President Trump’s visit on Sept. 18. At least four of those are confirmed to be Beltrami County cases. Two of those patients have been hospitalized, with one needing intensive care.

Ehresmann and MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm stressed the importance of distancing, limiting the size of gatherings, and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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.


© 2020 HBI Radio Bemidji, LLC d/b/a Paul Bunyan Broadcasting 502 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area