Situation Update for Thursday, July 9

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 589 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five newly reported deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 40,163 cases and 1,490 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,165 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those positive cases, 3,906 were health care workers.

Approximately 705,440 have been tested for COVID-19 so far, with 12,535 completed yesterday.

To date, 35,193 patients no longer need to be isolated. So far, there have been 4,305 cases requiring hospitalization, and today, 251 are hospitalized with 116 of those in ICU.

The last time there were fewer than 116 in ICU for COVID was April 26, according to MDH’s hospitalization data table.

MDH reported six new cases in Beltrami County, bringing the county’s total to 41.

Local public health officials are scheduled to brief Bemidji Now on the developing situation this afternoon. Yesterday, four new cases were confirmed in Beltrami County, making 17 new cases reported in the past week.

There is often a delay from when public health officials confirm a case locally to when it is reported on the MDH website. MDH will also use permanent address data to attribute a case to a county, even though the patient may currently be isolating in another county.

MDH reported one new case in Clearwater County, bringing their total to 10, three new cases in Itasca County, bringing their total to 68 with 12 deaths, and two new cases in Roseau County, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 19.

Cass County has had 19 cases and two deaths, Hubbard County has had eight cases, Koochiching County has had 17 cases and one death, Lake of the Woods has had zero cases, and Mahnomen County has had 10 cases with one death.

 


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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