Situation Update for Tuesday, March 9

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 1,641 new COVID-19 cases and 140 newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s case total to 492,108 cases and the death toll to 6,696.

Of today’s record single-day total of deaths, 138 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, bringing the total number of deaths in these types of facilities to 4,220.

The seemingly high totals today are due to a lab reporting backlog, with 138 of today’s reported deaths occurring months ago. Apparently, a private lab had not been sending in results to the state and the backlog came after an audit.

Today’s data comes after around 10,000 tests were completed yesterday. Over 3.5 million people have been tested for COVID-19, with 7.6 million tests completed.

Over 478,000 of the state’s COVID patients no longer need isolation.

Out of today’s death toll, three were Beltrami County residents: one resident in their early 80s, and two residents in their early 90s.

MDH is reporting five new COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County today, 12 new cases in Cass County, two new cases in Clearwater County, and three new cases in Hubbard County.

Since the pandemic began, Beltrami County has had 3,400 cases and 54 deaths, Cass County has had 2,233 cases and 24 deaths, Clearwater County has had 721 cases and 14 deaths, and Hubbard County has had 1,613 cases and 41 deaths.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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