Situation Update for Wednesday, Oct. 21

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 1,068 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 probable cases, for a total of 126,262 confirmed COVID cases and 329 probable cases as of Wednesday.

Thirty-five deaths were reported in the state today, bringing the death toll to 2,281.

Of those deaths, 1,608 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those cases, 12,903 were health care workers.

Over 2.539 million PCR tests and over 21,000 antigen tests have been completed.

To date, 113,158 COVID patients no longer need to be isolated.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm is cautioning Minnesotans to brace for a different kind of Thanksgiving amid coronavirus.  Malcolm says “this is not a typical year and our strongest advice to people would be to take many, many more precautions about holiday gatherings than they typically do.” 

She says it’s a really good time to consider not having the same type of holiday gatherings than they would have had in the past.  Malcolm says we’re going deeper into the fall and the holiday season at a far higher level of cases than “we had hoped.”

MDH recorded 14 new cases in Beltrami County today, bringing the county’s totals to 812 confirmed positives, one probable case and seven deaths. Seven new cases were reported in Cass County, for a total of 328 and five deaths; three new cases in Clearwater County, total of 88 cases; and one new case in Hubbard County, for a total of 335 cases and two deaths.

Dr. David Wilcox gave an update to the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, and while he says many of the cases are related to private gatherings and events, the county may be facing uncontrolled community spread.

Beltrami County Public Health’s Megan Heuer reported some COVID figures for the county’s vulnerable populations

There has only been one case in the county’s homeless population, and a handful within the jail. Public Health, as of Tuesday afternoon, was monitoring 119 active COVID cases.

MDH also recorded four new cases in Itasca County, total of 688 cases and 17 deaths; one new case in Koochiching County, total of 163 cases and four deaths; one new case in Lake of the Woods County, total of 43 cases and one death; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 101 cases and one death; and 12 new cases in Roseau County, for a total of 211 cases.

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