Situation Update for Tuesday, July 21

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 352 new cases of COVID-19 today and three newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 47,457 cases and 1,548 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,189 were residents of a long-term care or assisted living facility. Of those cases, 4,399 were health care workers.

Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce a plan to protect residents of these types of congregate care facilities during his address today at 2 p.m. The address will be streamed on the Governor’s YouTube page.

Approximately 876,859 COVID tests have been completed so far, with 9,602 completed Monday, July 20.

To date, 41,511 COVID patients no longer need isolation.

There are 266 COVID hospitalizations reported across the state, with 112 in the ICU.

Yesterday, 669 of the newly reported cases were not assigned to a county. According to MDH:

Due to the transition in our data management system over the weekend of July 18-19, the process of assigning COVID-19 cases to specific dates was impacted for those cases reported on July 20-21. The total number of cases added for the two days was 1,272 (922 reported on 7/20 plus 352 reported on 7/21, with two cases flagged for removal during data verification), for a daily average of 636. This figure best represents the actual case load for Minnesota over those two days. The data management system transition is not expected to affect daily case number reports after July 21. “

MDH reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 113. During the COVID update presentation during the Bemidji City Council meeting, there are four currently hospitalized for COVID-19, and as of yesterday, the county was monitoring 41 active cases of COVID-19. Read more on the Sanford update, and about the city of Bemidji’s mask requirement, here.

MDH reported one new case in Cass County, bringing their total 34 with two deaths; four new cases in Itasca, bringing the total to 103 cases with 12 deaths; three new cases and one new death in Koochiching County, bringing their total to 46 cases and three deaths. The latest COVID-19 victim in Koochiching County was a resident in their 80s.

Clearwater County has had 14 cases of COVID-19, Hubbard County has had 12 cases, Lake of the Woods has had zero, Mahnomen County has had 18 cases and one death, and Roseau County has had 32 cases.

Congregate care facilities in the north-central Minnesota region identified by MDH as having a COVID exposure include:

  • GoldPine Home, Beltrami County
  • Sanford Health WoodsEdge Senior Living Neilson Place, Beltrami County
  • WoodsEdge Senior Living, Beltrami County

These facilities are removed from the list if they pass 28 days without a positive COVID-19 test. Exposure is defined as anyone who visited, worked, or lived at the facility who tested positive for COVID-19.

 


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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