Minnesota schools are seeing increases in weekly coronavirus cases as students return to classrooms across the state. More than 100 facilities from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade reported infections last week. Meantime, The state today reported eighteen new COVID-19 related deaths along with 2,050 new coronavirus cases. Beltrami County reported 20 new cases, Cass with 28, Crow Wing 26 and Itasca with 12 new cases.
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On Wednesday at around 7:00 PM, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a report from an individual that he had located an adult male family member in the water, unresponsive, near his capsized canoe on Little Turtle Lake.
Beltrami County Deputy Brandon Newhouse located a good samaritan, Glen T. Lindseth who offered his boat. Deputy Newhouse quickly located the victim. Paramedics determined that the victim was showing indicators of anaphylactic shock and located a potential bee sting. He was then transported to the hospital.
The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year’s comeback returned just as the delta variant was heating up. Fair officials did not require masks or vaccinations for visitors. Final attendance was about 60 percent of 2019’s record attendance of 2.1 million.
The Superior National Forest is loosening fire restrictions on the forest, thanks to a change in the seasons. Effective, September 9, visitors may have campfires in designated fire grates in most fee campgrounds. With fall on the horizon, cooling temperatures and recent rains have helped reduce the risk of fire spreading rapidly on the landscape. Forest officials are exercising caution and leaving some fire restrictions in place until further notice.
Due to the continued local increase of COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions with COVID-19, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and Sanford Bagley Medical Center are increasing visitor restrictions. Effective 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Only two visitors (per day). Patients must choose two people who will be allowed to visit the patient each day during established visiting hours. Masks must be worn at all times. There are more restrictions. Go to www.sanfordhealth.org. for more info.
COVID-19 case rates in the Beltrami County area are matching what they were last October. A Sanford Health model predicts the current spike will peak at the end of September. Currently, there are 14 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 12 of those were unvaccinated. Throughout the state, 94% of ICUs are full due to non-COVID patients as well as coronavirus cases. Medical professionals are hoping to help prevent a larger spike in the upcoming months.
Effective September 3, camping on Superior National Forest lands outside of developed campgrounds will again be open to visitors. This includes backcountry sites and dispersed camping. At the same time, the Forest is lifting a heavy equipment restrictions, effective September 3, which allows certain land management activities to again operate during normal business hours. Forest officials made the decision to lift the closure as fall temperatures, recent rains, and shorter days have helped to moderate fire conditions and active fires.
Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has launched the latest round of Child Care Economic Development Grants. These grants authorize $5 million over the next two fiscal years for grants to local communities like Bemidji to increase quality child care providers to support economic development across Minnesota. A total of $2.5 million will be available in this first round with a second round of funding being available before June 2022.