Situation Update for Thursday, Aug. 20

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 698 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 67,308 cases and 1,745 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,298 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those COVID cases, 7,479 were health care workers.

Over 1.322 million tests have been completed, with approximately 1.03 million individual people tested. Almost 14,000 tests were completed yesterday between MDH and external labs.

To date, 60,605 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

Hospitalizations decreased slightly today, at 309, with 148 of those in ICU wards across the state.

MDH officials are urging college students getting ready to head back to school to self-quarantine for two weeks prior to moving into their dormitories, and to avoid other risky behavior such as partying and congregating in groups.

According to the age group data table, there are 6,916 20-24 year olds who have tested positive, and 5,649 15-19 year olds have tested positive for COVID.

MDH reported five new cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County today, bringing the total to 286 cases with one death; two new cases in Cass County, total of 86 cases with three deaths; two new cases in Hubbard County, total of 39 cases; one new case in Itasca County, total of 153 cases with 12 deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 31 cases with one death; and one new case in Roseau County, total of 58 cases.

According to the Safe Learning Plan 14-day COVID-19 case rate by county updated today, Beltrami County’s latest rate (for 7/26-8/8) per 10,000 people was 18.43, Cass County’s was 9.3, Clearwater County’s was 0, Hubbard County’s was 5.27, Itasca County’s was 5.27, Koochiching County’s was 15.03, Lake of the Woods County’s was 7.88, Mahnomen County’s was 7.26, and Roseau County’s was 5.82.

For full in-person classes for both elementary and secondary levels, counties would need a rate of less than 10; for in-person elementary and hybrid secondary, between 10 and less than 20; for hybrid in both elementary and secondary, 20 to less than 30; for elementary hybrid and secondary distance, 30 to less than 50; and all grade levels would have distance learning for a case rate of 50 or more.

 


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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