Situation Update Monday, June 8

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 338 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 11 newly reported deaths, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 28,224 cases and 1,197 deaths.

Of those deaths, 955 were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. Of those positive cases, 2,973 were health care workers.

To date, 23,657 patients no longer need to be isolated. By subtracting the released from isolation and deaths from the state’s cumulative total, that leaves 3,370 active cases of COVID-19 in the state as of today.

There have been a total of 3,401 hospitalizations from COVID-19, with 452 hospitalized today and of those, 198 are in ICU. Today, hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since mid-May, according to a chart on MDH’s situation update webpage.

As of today, 354,226 COVID-19 tests have been completed, most of them at external labs.

Locally, MDH reported one new case for both Hubbard and Cass Counties.

Beltrami has had 21 cumulative cases of COVID-19, Cass County has had 12 with two deaths, Clearwater County has had three cases, Hubbard has had five, Itasca has had 56 with 11 deaths, Koochiching has had nine, Roseau has had five, and Mahnomen County has had six cases with one death.

Gov. Tim Walz announced last week that the gradual re-opening of indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues will begin this Wednesday, June 10.

Customers and employees will be either strongly recommended or required to wear masks, and will be required to adhere to appropriate social distancing measures to prevent spread of COVID-19.

According to the release, occupancy rates will be limited based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people. All critical businesses are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, and the Department of Health (MDH), Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will publish industry guidance by June 15. Under Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan:

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.
LOCAL Reopening Announcements

The Northwoods Habitat for Humanity Restore is open to its normal hours, but no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to enter the building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays for donations only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bemidji’s playgrounds, beaches, courts and disc golf course are all open, but users are reminded to exercise caution and to carry hand sanitizer, bring their own water bottles, time their outings so they’re not dependent on public restrooms and social distancing guidelines. Portable toilets will be phased into the parks, and they will be sanitized once per day.


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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