Situation Update for Thursday, Feb. 25

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 996 new COVID-19 cases today and seven new deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 481,831 and the death toll to 6,450.

Four of today’s deaths were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of all deaths, 4,044 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 37,580 were health care workers.

Todays data comes after around 43,000 tests were completed yesterday. Over 3.442 million people have been tested with 7.249 million tests completed.

Over 468,000 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. Beltrami Public Health’s Megan Heuer said in a message that three people in their 40s so far have died due to COVID.

MDH reported five new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County today, two new cases in Cass County, two new cases in Clearwater County and two new cases in Hubbard County.

COVID-19 case rate information shows Beltrami County’s new case rate per 10,000 people increased about one point, at 18 for the two week period ending Feb. 13.

Cass County’s rate decreased about two points, to 10.34, Clearwater’s rate dropped about two points to 9.08 and Hubbard County’s rate dropped about four points to 19.65.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 3,357 cases and 51 deaths, Cass County has had 2,182 cases and 24 deaths, Clearwater County has had 717 cases and 14 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,601 cases and 40 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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