Situation Update for Tuesday, Nov. 17

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,945 new COVID-19 infections today, with 5,770 new confirmed and 175 new probable cases, bringing the state’s case count to 236,949 cases in total, with 233,913 confirmed and 3,036 probable cases.

Twenty-six new COVID deaths were also reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,943.

Of those deaths, 2,015 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 18357 were health care workers.

Over 3.506 million tests in total have been completed, with 3.445 million PCR and 61,000 antigen tests completed to date. Yesterday, around 32,000 PCR tests and 1,800 antigen tests were completed.

To date, 186,680 COVID patients no longer need to be isolated.

Thirty-six new COVID-19 infections were reported in Beltrami County, for a case total of 1,580 confirmed cases, four probable cases and 13 deaths; 45 new cases in Cass County, for a total of 994 confirmed, two probable and eight deaths; 17 new confirmed and two new probable cases in Clearwater County, for a total of 342 confirmed, three probable cases and three deaths; and 12 new cases in Hubbard County, for a total of 804 confirmed, two probable and 15 deaths.

Fifty-five new COVID infections were reported in Itasca County, for a total of 1,451 confirmed cases, one probable case and 19 deaths; 16 new cases in Koochiching County, for a total of 284 confirmed cases, one probable case and five deaths; two new cases in Lake of the Woods COunty, for a total of 73 confirmed cases, five probable cases and one death; 10 new cases in Mahnomen County, for a total of 198 confirmed cases and three deaths; and 30 new cases in Roseau County, for a total of 671 confirmed cases, 93 probable cases and one death.


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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