Situation Update for Thursday, May 28

STATE UPDATES

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.

For a chart outlining the phased approach to reopening various business and social settings, visit Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan. For more detailed information, see Executive Order 20-63 (PDF).

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.

LOCAL UPDATES

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.

CANCELLATIONS

The Second Street Stage concert series in downtown Park Rapids has been postponed until 2021.


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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