Situation Update for Thursday, July 16

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 611 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 44,347 cases and 1,526 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,179 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 4,232 were health care workers.

Approximately 805,212 tests have been completed so far, with 14,812 completed July 15.

To date, 38,290 COVID-19 patients no longer need to be isolated.

There have been 4,526 COVID-19-related hospitalizations cumulatively, with 249 hospitalized today, and of those 103 are in ICU.

MDH reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County, bringing the MDH’s case count total here to 71. Megan Heuer with Beltrami County Public Health reported the county was currently monitoring 34 active cases, with seven new positive cases confirmed today and two hospitalizations. Heuer also reports there is currently a significant delay in receiving test results due to an increase in the number of specimens collected.

MDH reported three new cases in Cass County, bringing their cumulative total to 26 with two deaths, six new cases in Itasca County, bringing their total to 86 with 12 deaths, three new cases and one new death in Koochiching County, bringing their cumulative total to 29 with two deaths, two new cases in Mahnomen County, bringing their cumulative total to 15 with one death, and one new case in Roseau County, bringing their cumulative total to 30.

The COVID patient that passed on in Koochiching County was in their 80s, according to MDH.

Clearwater County has had 14 COVID cases, Hubbard has had 12, and Lake of the Woods County remains the lone Minnesota county without a single COVID case.

Congregate care facilities that have been identified as being exposed to COVID-19 include Sanford Health WoodsEdge Senior Living Neilson Place in Beltrami County and WoodsEdge Senior Living in Beltrami County.

Exposure is defined as a person diagnosed with COVID-19 who either visited, worked or lived at a congregate care facility while they were contagious.

The Good Samaritan Society in International Falls was removed from the list, as was the Mahnomen Health Center. As of last Friday, facilities that reported no new exposures for a minimum of 28 days would be removed from the list.

 


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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