Today, the Minnesota Department of Health says there have been 493 newly-reported cases of COVID-19 and 35 newly-reported deaths, bringing the total to 22,947 cases and 967 deaths.
Of those positive cases, 2,549 are healthcare workers confirmed to have had the viral disease over the course of the outbreak. 787 of the total COVID-19 deaths in the state were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities.
To date, 225,208 have been tested for the virus and 16,655 have recovered to the point they no longer need to be isolated. Today, there are 606 Minnesotans hospitalized for COVID-19, with 242 in ICU.
Phase two of the Stay Safe Order begins June 1 and allows outdoor dining at restaurants and bars with safety measures in place and capacity limits. Salons and barbershops can also open on June 1 at 25% capacity with safety measures in place.
Starting yesterday, places of worship, funeral homes and venues that offering gathering space for weddings, funerals and other planned services such as worship and prayer meetings may host services with over ten people. In indoor settings, occupancy must not exceed 25 percent of the normal occupancy, and outdoors, gatherings must not exceed 250 people. In all settings, six feet of physical distance between households must be maintained.
MDH reported additional new COVID-19 cases in north-central Minnesota. According to their daily briefing, one new case was reported in each of Beltrami, Cass, Itasca and Roseau counties. MDH also reported a new death in Itasca County, a resident in their 50s.
As of today, MDH reports Beltrami County to have had 14 cases of COVID-19, Cass at 13 with two deaths, Itasca at 54 with eight deaths and Roseau County now has two cases.
The Second Street Stage concert series in downtown Park Rapids has been postponed until 2021.