Situation Update for Thursday, June 18

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 387 newly reported COVID-19 cases and 19 newly reported deaths in the last 24 hours.

This brings the state’s cumulative total to 31,675 cases and 1,344 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,064 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those positive cases, 3,292 were health care workers.

Approximately 460,879 have been tested for COVID-19, and to date, 27,566 have recovered to the point they no longer need to be isolated.

By subtracting those released from isolation and deaths from the state’s cumulative total of cases, that leaves 2,765 active cases of COVID-19 across the state.

ICU hospitalization continues to decrease. At 171 ICU patients for COVID-19 today, that’s the lowest number in the ICU since May 5.

In north central Minnesota, MDH reports one new case of COVID-19 in Cass County, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 12 with two deaths.

Cumulatively, Beltrami County has had 23 cases of COVID-19, and at least 20 have recovered and no longer need to be isolated, according to Beltrami’s Public Health Director Cynthia Borgen.

Clearwater County has had five cases, Hubbard has had five, Itasca County has had 59 with 12 deaths, Koochiching has had nine, Mahnomen has had six with one death and Roseau County has had six.

Lake of the Woods County on the Canadian border remains the only Minnesota county without a single COVID-19 case.


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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