Situation Update for Wednesday, Oct. 28

The Minnesota Department of Health says there were 1,916 new cases of COVID-19 today, with 1,804 new confirmed cases and 112 new probable cases.

The state’s case totals are 138,944 confirmed cases and 500 probable cases.

Nineteen new COVID-19 deaths were reported today, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,387.

Of those deaths, 1,669 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of all COVID cases, 13,938 were health care workers.

Over 2.173 million PCR tests and 26,920 antigen tests have been completed so far. Over 17,000 PCR tests and 746 antigen tests were completed Tuesday, Oct. 27.

To date, 123,529 of the state’s COVID patients are out of isolation.

MDH’s report says there were two new COVID deaths in north-central Minnesota: Clearwater County’s first death, a resident in their early 90s, and the eighth death in Beltrami County, a resident in their early 80s.

Fourteen new cases were reported in Beltrami County, for a total of 926 confirmed cases, one probable case and eight deaths; 14 new cases in Cass County, for a total of 405 confirmed cases and five deaths; 13 new cases in Clearwater County, for a total of 128 confirmed cases and one death; 13 new cases in Hubbard County, for a total of 423 confirmed cases and three deaths; seven new cases in Itasca County, total of 771 confirmed cases and 17 deaths; four new cases in Koochiching County, total of 176 confirmed cases and five deaths; one new case in Mahnomen County, total of 128 confirmed cases and two deaths; and 11 new cases in Roseau County, for a total of 300 confirmed cases.

Beltrami County and the Red Lake Nation are part of the state’s pilot in-home testing program. Find out more here.


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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