Situation Update for Thursday, Sept. 17

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 931 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new COVID deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 86,722 cases and 1,942 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,408 were residents of long-term care or 9,assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 9,344 were health care workers.

Over 19,700 tests were completed yesterday, with 1.763 million tests completed since late March.

To date, 79,878 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

The number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs decreased today, to 132 from 136, with 110 others hospitalized in non-critical settings.

MDH reported seven new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 362 cases and four deaths.

MDH also recorded two new cases in Cass County, total of 120 cases and 3 deaths; six new cases in Hubbard County, total of 65 cases; one new case in Itasca County, total of 255 cases and 13 deaths; two new cases in Koochiching County, total of 98 cases and three deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 44 cases and one death; and six new cases in Roseau County, total of 105 cases.

The Safe Learning Plan case data by county spreadsheet was updated today.

The data is new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days per 10,000 people. Counties with case rates of less than 10 may have their schools have all students in the classroom, counties with case rates between 10 and less than 20 are recommended to use in-person elementary and hybrid middle and high school, and case rates from 20 to less than 30 are recommended to use hybrid learning for all grade levels.

Counties that saw case rate decreases for the two-week period ending Sept. 5 include:

  • Beltrami County, from 9.76 to 6.51
  • Cass County, from 6.89 to 4.13
  • Mahnomen County, from 9.08 to 7.26

Counties that saw case rate increases for the two-week period ending Sept. 5 include:

  • Itasca County, from 9.96 to 10.62
  • Koochiching County, from 3.16 to 5.54
  • Lake of the Woods County, from 5.25 to 18.38
  • Roseau County, from 10.99 to 16.17

Counties that saw neither increases or decreases include Clearwater County (5.67) and Hubbard County (3.83).


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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