Situation Update for Thursday, Oct. 1

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 1,066 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 100,200 and the death toll to 2,049.

Of those deaths, 1,465 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 10,505 were health care workers.

Over 2.055 million tests have been completed, with over 25,000 completed yesterday.

To date, 89,980 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

MDH reported 17 new COVID cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s cumulative case total to 490 with five deaths.

A no-barrier testing event continues today at the Bemidji Armory from noon until 6 p.m. No insurance, known exposure or symptoms required to take the test. Pre-register for an appointment time here.

MDH also reported 13 new COVID cases in Cass County, bringing their total to 202 cases with four deaths; two new cases in Clearwater County, total of 34 cases; 11 new cases in Hubbard County, total of 137 cases and one death; 10 new cases in Itasca County, total of 366 cases and 16 deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 50 cases and one death; and eight new cases in Roseau County, total of 133 cases.

MDH is encouraging Minnesotans to get their flu shot this year. Everyone six months of age and older should get the vaccine each year, with exceptions for medical reasons. COVID-19 is expected to continue circulating through the fall and winter. Minnesotans are reminded to continue to cover their coughs, wash their hands, stay home when sick, clean frequently touched surfaces, wear a mask, and stay six feet from others to prevent the spread of COVID and the flu.


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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