Situation Update for Tuesday, July 7

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 569 new cases of COIVD-19 in the state, and three newly reported deaths attributed to the viral disease.

Cumulatively, there have been 39,133 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,477 deaths. Approximately 34,377 patients no longer need to be isolated.

Of those deaths, 1,157 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those confirmed positive cases, 3,826 were health care workers.

Approximately 685,247 have been tested for COVID-19, and 4,252 cases have required hospitalizations so far. Today, there are 267 hospitalized and of those, 121 are in ICU.

MDH reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County today, but local public health confirmed seven new cases yesterday afternoon. MDH reports Beltrami County has having had 34 cases of COVID-19 since the first Minnesota case, but there is some lag between when the local health officials confirm a case and when the state health officials post it on their website.

MDH reported one new case in Cass County, bringing their cumulative total to 16 with two deaths, one new case in Clearwater County, bringing their cumulative total to nine, three new cases in Koochiching County, bringing their total to 18 with one death, one new case in Mahnomen County, bringing their cumulative total to 10 with one death, and one new case in Roseau County, bringing their cumulative total to 17.

Hubbard County has had eight cases of COVID-19 and Itasca County has had 64 with 12 deaths. Lake of the Woods continues to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Itasca’s Public Health Director Kelly Chandler says some non-residents tested positive over the weekend while in Itasca County.

“When a contact investigation is completed, and if there were close contacts in Itasca, involved people will be notified that they were in contact with a known positive COVID-19 case and will be offered instructions to stay safe and prevent further spread.”

Across the state, public health officials are seeing a significant shift in the ages of those infected with COVID-19.  As of yesterday, Minnesota Department of Health announced 8,474 Minnesotans in their 20s have tested positive, followed by those in their 30s. 

“While we know that those in their twenties and thirties are less likely to die (only two twenty-somethings have died from COVID in Minnesota), they logically are a significant and highly mobile source,” said Chandler.

“Itasca County needs to be vigilant if we want to stay a place that is stable or better, if we want our neighbors to get back to their employment and if we want to enjoy all that our communities have to offer.  We ask the community and our visitors to continue to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please social distance, wash your hands, stay home when sick, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wear a mask in public spaces,” said Chandler in a release.

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