Situation Update for Wednesday, July 8

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 463 new cases of COVID-19 and eight newly reported deaths attributed to the viral disease, bringing the state’s cumulative total 39,589 cases and 1,485 deaths.

Of those deaths, 1,161 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 3,862 were health care workers.

Approximately 692,970 tests have been completed so far since late January, with 7,636 completed within the last 24 hours.

To date, 34,902 COVID patients no longer need to be isolated.

A total of 4,272 cases have required hospitalization since the outbreak began, and today, there are 265 hospitalized, and of those, 122 are in ICU.

MDH reported one new COVID case in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 35. Cynthia Borgen, Beltrami’s Public Health Director, anticipates more positive cases to be confirmed within the week, and the county is currently monitoring at least 14 active cases. Read the latest Beltrami County COVID coverage here, here and here. Community spread is likely here in this county, according to the local COVID response and recovery team.

MDH reported three new cases in Cass County, bringing their total to 19 with two deaths, and one new case in Itasca County, bringing their total to 65 with 12 deaths.

Clearwater County has had nine cases, Hubbard has had eight, Koochiching has had 17 cases and one death, Mahnomen has had 10 with one death, and Roseau County has had 17 cases.

Lake of the Woods still doesn’t have a COVID case confirmed.

WoodsEdge Senior Living campus in Beltrami County, The Emeralds at Grand Rapids in Itasca County, the Good Samaritan Society -International Falls in Koochiching County and the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen County have all been identified as congregate care settings that have been exposed to COVID-19,  by either a visitor, staff or resident with a confirmed case of 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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