Situation Update for Wednesday, July 22

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 507 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four newly reported deaths.

Of those deaths, one person was a Mille Lacs County resident in their 20s.

Cumulatively, the state has reported 47,961 cases and 1,552 deaths. Of those deaths, 1,192 were residents in long-term care or assisted living facilities, and of those cases, 5,708 were health care workers.

To date, 42,234 patients have been released from isolation and approximately 888,551 tests have been completed. Yesterday, over 12,000 tests were completed.

COVID patients in ICU continues to slowly climb upward, today, 119 COVID patients are in ICU wards across the state, and 273 in total are currently hospitalized.

The largest age cohort of COVID-19 positive patients continues to be residents in their 20s, as of today, 11,169 20-29 year olds have tested positive for the disease.

MDH reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Beltrami County, bringing the cumulative total to 115; five new cases in Itasca County bringing the total to 108 with 12 deaths; two new cases in Koochiching County bringing the total to 48 with three deaths; and two new cases in Roseau County bringing the total to 34.

Cass County has had 33 cases and two deaths, Clearwater has had 14 cases, Hubbard has had 12 cases, Lake of the Woods has had zero, and Mahnomen County has had 18 cases and one death.

Congregate Care Facilities with exposures in north-central Minnesota:

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

Facilities are considered “exposed” if a resident, staffer or visitor tested positive and were at the facility while contagious. If, in 28 days, no further positive tests are discovered, the facility is removed from the list.

Minnesota health officials say there’s been progress in the state’s effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said “half of Minnesota’s 368 skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes have not had a reported case, about one-quarter of Minnesota’s nursing homes currently do have an active outbreak.”

Malcolm says long-term care facilities are safer today than they were at the beginning of the pandemic.  Residents of those facilities still make up a majority of the COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota.

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