Situation Update for Wednesday, Nov. 25

The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting 6,399 new COVID-19 cases today, with 6,180 new confirmed and 219 probable cases. The state’s case total is 289,303, with 282,831 confirmed and 5,472 probable cases.

Seventy-two new COVID-19 deaths were reported today, a new single-day record, bringing the state’s death toll to 3,375. Forty-eight of today’s deaths were residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Of all deaths, 2,292 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all cases, 21,444 were health care workers.

Over 3.956 million COVID tests have been completed, with 3.873 PCR and 84,000 antigen tests completed. Yesterday, about 63,000 PCR tests and 2,700 antigen tests were completed.

To date, 240,720 COVID patients have been released from isolation.

During the statewide health briefing Tuesday, health officials noted that it’s been 10 days since the latest single day high of new COVID-19 cases, and while that may be an encouraging sign, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said that it’s likely another wave of the pandemic, not a downside of the peak.

Infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said those who plan on ignoring the state’s recommendations of staying home for Thanksgiving, are strongly encouraged to wear masks and social distance.

“We currently have 29 patients in the hospital for COVID,” said Sanford Bemidji spokeswoman Lindsey Wangberg.

Overnight, she said, 100 confirmed positive cases were received from Sanford Bemidji’s testing.

“We are asking the community to continue to mask and avoid gatherings with those outside of their immediate family for the holidays, even though we know how hard that is,” said Wangberg.

Beltrami County Public Health’s Megan Heuer reported they were monitoring 275 active cases of COVID-19 as of this afternoon.

MDH reported 42 new COVID cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s case totals to 1,926 confirmed cases, 20 probable cases and 15 deaths.

Cass County’s ninth death was reported today, a resident in their late 60s. Forty new confirmed and two new probable cases were also reported by MDH, bringing the county’s case total to 1,276 confirmed and eight probable cases.

Eight new cases were reported in Clearwater County, for a total of 446 confirmed cases, seven probable cases and six deaths; 26 new cases reported in Hubbard County, for a total of 1,028 confirmed cases, 10 probable cases and 22 deaths; and 14 new cases reported in Itasca County, for a total of 1,757 confirmed, four probable cases and 24 deaths.

Seventeen new confirmed and one new probable case reported in Koochiching County, for a total of 349 confirmed, four probable cases and five deaths; two new cases in Lake of the Woods County for a total of 88 confirmed, five probable cases and one death; six new cases in Mahnomen County, for a total of 269 confirmed, one probable case and four deaths; and 21 new confirmed and one new probable case in Roseau County, for a total of 951 confirmed, 99 probable cases and three deaths.

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