Situation Update for Monday, Sept. 28

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 936 new COVID-19 cases today and seven new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 97,638 cases and a death toll of 2,015.

Of those cases, 1,447 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 10,271 were health care workers.

Since late March, over 2 million COVID tests have been completed, with over 22,000 completed yesterday.

To date, 87,330 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

MDH no longer keeps record of daily COVID hospitalizations for either ICU or non-critical wards. Yesterday, 20 COVID patients were admitted into ICUs and six were admitted to non-critical hospital wards.

Beltrami County continues to see an increase in active COVID-19 cases, with 27 new cases recorded by the Minnesota Department of Health over the weekend. Seventeen of those cases were recorded by MDH Sunday. Today, MDH recorded nine new cases bringing the county’s cumulative total to 450.

Beltrami County Emergency Management said on Friday that the county was monitoring 45 active cases, with 48 cases added in the last week. As of Friday, two COVID patients were hospitalized, and there have been five deaths in Beltrami County due to COVID. Over 360 COVID patients have been released from isolation. A free testing event will be held Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Bemidji Armory. 

MDH recorded two new COVID cases in Cass County, bringing their total to 184 with four deaths; five new cases in Hubbard County, total of 117 cases with one death; eight new cases in Itasca County, bringing their total to 347 with 15 deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 49 cases with one death; and one new case in Roseau County, total of 125 cases.

No new cases were reported today in Clearwater County (28 total cases), Lake of the Woods County (23 cases and one death), or in Koochiching County (total of 123 with three deaths).

Last Friday, MDH updated its list of COVID-exposed congregate care facility. A facility is considered COVID-exposed if a resident, staff member, or visitor were on the premises of the facility during the time they were contagious. After 28 days and no COVID-19 cases reported, the facility is removed from the list.

COVID-exposed facilities in north central Minnesota include:

  • GoldPine Home, Beltrami County
  • Tamarack Court, Beltrami County
  • Edgewood May Creek, Cass County
  • Heritage Living Center, Hubbard County
  • Big Fork Valley Communities, Itasca County
  • Essentia Health Homestead, Itasca County
  • Grand Village, Itasca County
  • Majestic Pines, Itasca County
  • Good Samaritan Society-International Falls, Koochiching County
  • Oak Crest Senior Housing, Roseau County

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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