Situation Update for Tuesday, Aug. 4

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 606 new cases of COVID-19 today and four newly-reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 57,162 cases and 1,620 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,233 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 6,506 were health care workers.

Approximately 878,111 people have been tested and over 1 million tests have been completed, with just over 8,000 completed Monday, Aug. 3.

To date, 50,426 patients have recovered to the point they no longer need to be isolated.

Hospitalizations continue to increase slightly, with 328 patients hospitalized today and 159 of those in ICU wards across the state.

Beltrami County, according to MDH, has recorded 200 cases of COVID-19 as of today, with seven new cases added. MDH reported three new cases in Cass County, total of 62 cases with two deaths; four new cases in Hubbard County, total of 32 cases; two new cases in Itasca County, total of 134 with 12 deaths; and one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 24 with one death.

The Star Tribune recently acquired ZIP code data for novel coronavirus tracking. The article has unlimited access and can be located here.


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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