Situation Update for Wednesday, Nov. 18

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 5,102 new COVID-19 infections today, with 4,740 confirmed and 362 probable cases, bringing the state’s case total to 242,043, with 238,646 confirmed and 3,397 probable cases.

Sixty-seven new COVID deaths were reported today, a new single-day record, bringing the death toll to 3,010. Fifty-one of today’s reported deaths were in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Of those deaths, 2,066 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 18,769 were health care workers.

Approximately 3.544 million COVID-19 tests have been completed, with 3.479 million PCR and 65,000 antigen tests completed. Yesterday, around 33,000 PCR tests and 4,000 antigen tests were completed.

TO date, 193,869 COVID patients no longer need to be isolated.

Forty new confirmed and two probable COVID-19 cases were reported in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s case total to 1,622 confirmed cases, six probable cases and 13 deaths. According to Beltrami County Public Health’s Megan Heuer, the county is currently monitoring 212 active cases.

Twenty-three new COVID infections confirmed in Cass County, bringing their total to 1,013 confirmed, two probable cases and eight deaths; 26 new confirmed and one new probable case in Clearwater County, for a total of 368 confirmed cases, four probable cases and three deaths; and 18 new cases in Hubbard County, for a total of 824 confirmed cases, two probable cases and 15 deaths.

Thirty-five new cases were reported in Itasca County, for a total of 1,488 confirmed, one probable case and 19 deaths; 10 new cases in Koochiching County, for a total of 293 cases and five deaths; 10 new cases in Mahnomen County, for a total of 210 cases and three deaths; and 42 new confirmed cases and one new probable case in Roseau County, for a total of 713 confirmed cases, 94 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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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