Situation Update for Thursday, April 1

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 2,140 new COVID-19 cases today and 12 new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 521,667 and the death toll to 6,860.

This is the first time since Jan. 4 new daily cases were more than 2,000.

Four of today’s deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, bringing the total number of resident deaths to 4,280.’

Today’s data comes after around 43,000 COVID tests were completed yesterday.

Over 3.7 million people have been tested for COVID-19, with 8.2 million tests completed.

Over 500,000 of the state’s COVID patients no longer need isolation.

One new death was reported in Beltrami County today, a resident in their late 40s.

MDH reported seven new COVID cases in Beltrami County today, eight new cases in Cass County, and two new cases in Hubbard County.

The latest COVID-19 case rate information shows a five point increase in Beltrami County. For the two-week period ending March 20, Beltrami County had 15.18 new cases per 10,000 people, compared to 10.84 in the last report.

Cass County’s rate dropped by less than one point, to 14.47, Clearwater County’s rate increased about one point, to 11.35, and Hubbard County’s rate dropped by less than one point to 3.83.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 3,561 cases and 55 deaths, Cass County has had 2,320 cases and 26 deaths, Clearwater County has had 742 cases and 14 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,639 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 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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