Situation Update for Thursday, Sept. 10

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 389 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 15 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 82,249 cases and 1,884 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,375 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 8,948 were health care workers.

Completed test numbers have been down the last three days, with 7,538 completed Monday, 5,441 completed Tuesday, and 7,644 completed today. Overall, over 1.646 million tests have been completed.

To date, 75,425 patients have been released from isolation.

COVID patients in ICUs increased by one today, at 138, but non-critical hospitalizations decreased, at 119 from 126.

MDH reported three new cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 339 with three deaths.

Beltrami County Public Health’s Megan Heuer reported this morning that the county is currently monitoring 14 active cases of COVID-19, with 199 COVID tests pending and no current hospitalizations.

Age ranges for Beltrami County residents who succumbed to COVID-19 were in the 40-49 and 70-79 age ranges.

MDH also reported three new cases in Itasca County, total of 225 cases and 13 deaths; and two new cases in Mahnomen County, total of 39 cases and one death.

The Safe Learning Plan case rate by county spreadsheet was updated today. This rate is calculated by the number of new cases over the last 14 days per 10,000 people.

Beltrami County’s rate decreased slightly, from a 9.97 for the two-week period ending Aug. 22, to a 9.54 for the two-week period ending Aug. 29.

Other counties that saw a case rate decrease include:

  • Koochiching County, from 4.75 to 3.16
  • Lake of the Woods County, from 7.88 to 5.25
  • Mahnomen County, from 14.53 to 9.08

Counties that saw case rate increases include:

  • Cass County, from 6.2 to 6.89
  • Clearwater County, from 3.4 to 4.54
  • Hubbard County, from 3.36 to 4.31
  • Itasca County, from 5.53 to 9.96
  • Roseau County, from 7.11 to 10.99

According to guidance from the state, districts are recommended to move learning models depending on case rates. If the case rate is less than 10, in-person learning for all students is acceptable. For case rates between 10 and less than 20, elementary students would attend in-person and middle and high schoolers would attend hybrid.


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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