Minnesota Department of Health
Questions about COVID-19?
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3902
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Not all cases of COVID-19 are tested, so it is not a representative of the total number of people in Minnesota who have or had COVID-19. Number of positive cases is the cases that were tested and returned positive. All data are preliminary and may change as cases are investigated.
Updated April 1, 2020
Updated daily at 11 a.m., with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.
Total approximate number of completed tests: 21,191
- Total approximate number of completed tests from the MDH Public Health Lab: 8,280
- Total approximate number of completed tests from external laboratories: 12,911
Minnesota Case Information
- Total positive: 689
- Deaths: 17
- Patients who no longer need to be isolated: 342
- Total cases requiring hospitalization: 122
- Hospitalized as of today: 54
- Hospitalized in ICU as of today: 27
- Hospitalized as of today: 54
|Median Age||Age Range|
|All cases||47||4 months - 104 years|
|Non-hospitalized cases||42||4 months - 104 years|
|Hospitalized cases||64||6 - 95 years|
|Hospitalized cases in ICU||65||33 - 95 years|
|Deaths||84||58 - 95 years|
|Lac qui Parle||1|
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
• Governor Walz today signed two Executive Orders, which extend licenses for first responders and allow the medical cannabis program to continue safely serving Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order 20-25 extends licenses for peace officers, firefighters, and private security personnel. The Order allows professionals on the front lines combating COVID-19 to maintain their licenses and continue supporting Minnesotans during the peacetime emergency.
• In addition to the revolving loan, Aitkin County Growth is offering additional funds for businesses located in Aitkin County. This process requires an understanding of the policy and a simple application that can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses can apply for a six-month, zero interest loan with repayments starting in September or a 12-month, 2% loan. There is also a $500 grant. Applications are accepted from April 1 to June 1. Aitkin County Growth hopes to help up to 100 businesses in the area. This is a $125,000 investment by Aitkin County Growth to support our local economy's recovery from this temporary shut down or area businesses.
Friday, March 27, 2020
• Effective at close of business Friday, the Aitkin County License Center will close at the end of today, through April 10.
Granting extensions for driver’s licenses and ID cards requires a change to state law. The Minnesota legislature was scheduled to consider this topic on March 26. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) will provide additional information and guidance if anything changes.
• To protect patients, residents and staff, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has created a special respiratory clinic to be operational through the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, March 30, the new Respiratory Clinic reserved for patients with COVID-19 symptoms, will be operational in Bay 6 of the Crosby physician clinic. Patients should use CRMC’s Emergency Department entrance. Convenient parking across from entrance has been reserved for Respiratory Clinic patients.
• CRMC will also begin offering patients virtual visits to meet with their health care provider.
Patients with a good internet connection can do this from home. Devices that may be used include a laptop with a camera and microphone or a smartphone. For patients who have no internet access, or feel their internet might not support a visit, CRMC has designated parking spots outside of the Care Center to left of the main entrance canopy to use while attending these virtual visits.
To schedule a virtual visit, please call for an appointment by calling (218) 546-7000. The nurses and scheduling staff will guide you through the process of getting set up for the virtual visit.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
• Jane Nolan-Komoto, the CEO of Nolan Medical, is helping coordinate efforts to rally the community around area skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. In addition to promoting delivery of flowers to six facilities through Paulbeck's County Market and Aitkin Flowers, she is also coordinated specific requests for other items as asked for by those facilities.
If anyone is interested in donating, contact Debbie at Paulbeck's (218-927-6919), Amanda at Aitkin Flowers (218-927-2815) or Nolan-Komoto (218-549-3207).
A full story will run in next week's Aitkin Age.
• The Jaques Art Center at 121 2nd St. NW in Aitkin will accept canvases the week of May 5 due to the ongoing COVID-19 issue facing all communities. Artists are asked to place the canvas in a bag with name and phone number on the back of the canvas. There will be a drop off box just inside the handicap door. Look to their website at www.jaquesart.com or facebook for any new details as they may have to reschedule the date of the opening.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
• Dr. David Taylor, Riverwood’s chief medical officer, will share up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, March 26, from 8-9 a.m. on KKIN Radio at 94.3FM. Learn how Riverwood Healthcare Center is working hard to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and the community.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
• Aitkin Area Youth Baseball evaluations scheduled for April 4 have been postponed until further notice. The practice session has also been cancelled.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
• The EyeCare Center in Aitkin and McGregor has changed its hours due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Until further notice, the Aitkin Clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the McGregor Clinic open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will continue to see patients for emergency appointments.
To reach the clinic, call 218-927-3213 (Aitkin) or 218-768-7000 (McGregor).
Friday, March 20, 2020
• Aitkin County has announced the closing of most of its offices. See the related story under the coronavirus tab.
• Aitkin Schools is finalizing a distance learning plan and will continue to work on it next week. In the meantime, school meals are going out with the school buses, on a schedule still being refined. Superintendent Dan Stifter said Friday that parents should call the school bus garage to find out what times food - and eventually, lessons and distance learning materials - will be delivered.
• McGregor Schools has listed its distance learning plan on its website at www.mcgregor.k12.mn.us. The plan includes information for teachers, families and students. In addition, in the "Messages From the District" tab, there are links to information about coronavirus, free cable and internet and cancelled activities.
• The United States tax filing date has been moved back to July 15. According to various news outlets, the state of Minnesota is considering the same move.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
• The Aitkin City Council and staff decided Thursday evening that the city of Aitkin Administration Office, located at 209 Minnesota Ave N., will close to the public as of Friday, March 20.
In effort to keep employees safe we will be conducting daily business via phone, email or if determined necessary, by in-person appointment. Information, forms and applications are available on the city’s website www.ci.aitkin.mn.us. The office can be reached at 218-927-2527, or email interim City Administrator Jerry Bohnsack at email@example.com, or deputy clerk Jen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Riverwood Health Care has announced an updated set of policies regarding patients, its facilities and the COVID-19 virus. Please see the related article under the coronavirus tab for details.
• Gov. Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-09, ordering health care providers to postpone elective surgeries and procedures, including non-emergent elective dental procedures, to focus health care capacity and equipment on responding to COVID-19 cases and other emergencies.
This order complies with guidance issued on March 17, 2020, from the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as similar guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued on March 18, 2020, to delay elective surgeries and procedures, both to conserve health care resources and to reduce contact between patients and providers.
• Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood has suspended services for the remainder of March.
• The Jaques Art Center officially announced it would be closing its door to the public until March 31. According to Pamela Andell, executive director, artists can still get access by calling ahead to 218-927-2363 or ringing the doorbell. Check the museum's website at www.jaquesart.com for further updates.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
• Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Lakewood Health System in Staples, Riverwood Healthcare in Aitkin, and CHI St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls are following the recommendations and daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health around COVID-19 assessment and prevention.
In some cases, that means pausing elective surgeries and routine appointments.
"As your community healthcare providers, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff, and the communities we are privileged to serve," the statement read.
• Parents who do not have internet and have either K-12 aged students or college students now at home can receive up to 60 days of free internet.
To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter also will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
• Numerous Main Street/Minnesota Avenue businesses have closed their doors to walk-in traffic as of today in response to the pandemic. Included in that list are are Bette Mae's and Pine Insurance Agency, though the insurance agency has large signs explaining how to contact them in the windows and the door. Call ahead before coming into town appears to be the best option at this point.
The following is the latest from Aitkin County Administrator Jessica Seibert, who along with the Aitkin County Board held an emergency meeting Wednesday morning:
• Seibert briefed the board on the daily communication efforts between her and other counties, the state and federal agencies like the CDC and Homeland Security. She is also coordinating with municipal governments and churches, with posting going online at www.co.aitkin.mn.us.
• The County Board also took action to extend paid time off, allow telecommuting if needed and the continuation of health benefits during the pandemic.
• More changes are expected in the next 24 hours internally with the county.
In other news:
• President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the border between Canada and the United States would be temporarily closed.
• Aitkin County Growth announced a change to its revolving loan fund policy Wednesday due to COVID-19.
"In response to the coronavirus we have made some modifications to our revolving loan," Barb Carr said. "We will not be collecting interest on the loan for the first six months and you no longer need to add an employee to apply for the loan. The process is to complete online the pre-application and then we will send the full application to the applicant."
For more information, contact Carr at 218-340-7674.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
• Hair salons and nail salons, spas and other businesses in that vein have been told by state regulators that they should close until at least March 27.
• The Wild and Free "Happy Hour for a Case" fundraiser scheduled for April 2 at Block North Brew Pub has been cancelled.
• After meeting with the staff, the executive council, and the leadership of our community ministries, all in-person ministries, meetings, and worships at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin are suspended until further notice. The only exceptions are the three community meals each week – Monday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at noon, and Thursday at 5 p.m., and the Community Food Shelf.
For the food shelf and community meals, everything will be takeout only.
• With Gov. Tim Walz announcing Monday that bars and restaurants will be closing at 5 p.m. today to dine-in visitors, numerous area restaurants are planning curbside service, including Roadside Restaurant, Block North Brew Pub and others.
For specific information regarding your favorite restaurants, call ahead.
• All East Central Regional Library locations will close today, Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m. until further notice.
Monday, March 16, 2020
• All Wednesday programming on March 18 at First Lutheran Church, including the evening Lenten service, has been cancelled. Instead, the service will be live streamed on YouTube at 6 p.m.
• Gov. Tim Walz announced in a press conference Monday evening executive order 20-04 – that the state would close all restaurants and bars to dine-in service starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday and lasting through March 27.
“We’re not going to stop this from spreading. We can stop how fast it spreads," Walz said.
Delivery, curbside delivery and takeout options still would be available, but with no face-to-face contact and the social distancing of at least six feet. Digital payments would be preferred.
The Minnesota Department of Health also recommended closing places like bowling alleys and movie theaters, and other places like museums and fitness clubs where gatherings are likely.
Anticipating a number of layoffs due to venues closing, the governor announced that the unemployment insurance would be expanded to make aid available immediate with no waiting week. Employees forced to stay home to take care of children out of school were also told to apply. Employer surcharges will be eliminated during the executive order of 20-05. Steve Grove of the Economic Development Comm. urged all applicants use the unemployment website: uimn.org.
The governor is urging grocery stores and pharmacies to stay open, and emphasized that the supply chain was not compromised. He asked that people be reasonable about the amounts they were purchasing, addressing the hoarding that has stripped shelves.
Walz added that the situation and information is changing almost hourly, and that more executive orders were to be expected.
• MLEC Lobby Closed to the Public:
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, MLEC is taking extra precautions to protect the health and well-being of its employees and members. Beginning Tuesday March 17, the Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative lobby will be closed to the public.
The lobby will remain closed through April 1st, but the MLEC staff will continue to monitor the situation closely and determine what is needed to keep our employees and our members healthy during this time of concern. Internal office operations will continue as normal and due dates will remain the same. However, if a home visit is required by an MLEC employee, we may ask a few additional questions prior to their visit. This is only to ensure the safety of both parties. If you usually pay your bill in person, we encourage you to pay online, pay by phone, pay by mail, or use our drop box at our Aitkin office.
If you have questions or concerns, please call our office at 218-927-2191 or 800-450-2191. For more information and to view billing options visit our website www.mlecmn.net
Sunday, March 15, 2020
• Consistent with Emergency Executive Order 20-02 issued on March 15, 2020, by Governor Walz the Minnesota State High School League has updated information on activity participation limitations.
Effective from Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020:
- There will be no MSHSL activities and athletics at any member school.
- This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
- The previous MSHSL directive prohibiting scrimmages, contests and competitions with other MSHSL programs for Spring activities and athletics will continue until April 6, 2020.
• Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-02, authorizing the temporary closure of Minnesota K-12 public schools to students in order for school administrators and teachers to make long-term plans for the continuity of education and essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will be closed to students by Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27 to accommodate this planning between school staff, teachers, and administrators with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Saturday, March 14, 2020
• The Aitkin Age has received numerous emails reporting cancellations of presentations, events and programs at a wide variety of locations, including libraries, colleges and health care facilities. We likely are not getting them all in spite of our best efforts, so please call ahead and find out if your event is still on.
• Area churches have updated the community meals to take out only.
• Aitkin United Methodist Church - This Sunday, March 15th there will be NO worship service at Aitkin United Methodist Church. We did not come to this decision lightly, nor did we make this decision based on fear. Instead we've made the decision to be good disciples of Jesus Christ. In an effort to care for one another and to love our neighbor, we will cancel our service for Sunday morning. The Leadership Team will be meeting Monday evening (using healthy meeting protocol) to discuss how we can best respond to the church and the community. Should you need something please contact the church office 218-927-3242.
• Heritage Church - Aitkin - Services for Sunday March 15th in Aitkin and Baxter have been cancelled. For more information, please read the post below from our church deacon team and staff. Stay plugged in through our Heritage Church fb page..
• Glory Baptist Church - Responding to Covid-19: We will be having our regularly scheduled worship service at Glory Baptist Church this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you are not feeling well, it's OK to stay home. If you have health issues including but not limited to compromised immunity, it's OK to stay home.
• Aitkin County Public Health Education (shared on Facebook page):
COVID-19 has reached Minnesota. Though daily news reports have increased people’s anxiety, it is important to remember that most people will recover from COVID-19, experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. That being said, we need to take precautions to stop this disease from spreading at such a rate that it overwhelms our healthcare system. Those precautions need to start now.
First, recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and STAY HOME if you are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
• Shortness of breath
• Having a cough that gets more severe over time
• A low-grade fever that gradually increases in temperature.
If you believe you have COVID-19 and you can manage your symptoms with home care, do so. If you are experiencing severe or concerning symptoms, call your clinic and speak to your provider or use on online resource, such as Dr. On Demand. If you experience any of the following emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately:
• Difficulty breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion or inability to arouse
• Bluish face or lips.
Because you may carry the virus for COVID-19 for 2 days to 2 weeks before you become symptomatic (if you become symptomatic at all) it is important to practice good health hygiene. Practicing good hygiene can prevent the spread from reaching those more at risk, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
Friday, March 13, 2020
• University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers: Extension has canceled all in-person events and classes from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.
• Riverwood has cancelled its March 31 seminar on hernia repair in Aitkin. Also cancelled is the March 26 Annual Meeting.
• Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center at Central Lakes College is canceling the remainder of its season, following yesterday’s announcement from Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra that all events with more than 100 attendees are cancelled until May 1 at all campuses. This move is part of the system’s fight against the spread of COVID-19. The events affected are: Neither Wolf Nor Dog (March 17 and 18); Farewell Angelina (March 21); Laurence Juber (March 26); Big Friendly Giant (April 3 and 4); The New Standards (April 17); I Am…He Said: A Neil Diamond Celebration (April 24); The Outgoing Tide (April 30-May 2, May 7-9)
• Aicota Health Care Center is closing their doors to visitors to ensure that those who live and work here remain safe and healthy. All community events have been canceled indefinitely. These decisions were made based on guidance from the CDC, CMS and MDH to limit visitors except for special circumstances, such as end-of-life or when a visitor is essential for a resident’s emotional well-being and care. Such visits will be limited to minimize exposure beyond the family member. A wellness screening will be conducted upon entry into the building. The facility staff are being educated in proper prevention techniques recommended by the CDC and are diligently keeping up with daily monitoring and tracking of all staff and resident health and well being.
We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important. Our staff are ready to assist residents with phone calls, emails, text messages, or facebook/facetime capabilities.
Aicota is committed to continuing to provide the best care for our residents and their loved ones. We appreciate the community’s compliance to our new visitor restrictions in order to keep our facility safe.
• Aitkin Health Services: Due to the risk of COVID-19, it’s critical that we ask all family members and volunteers to avoid visiting our Aitkin Health Services care facility for the time being. We are in close communication with health officials to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to keep our residents safe. Resident safety is a top priority for Aitkin Health Services. Every resident should have a clean, safe living environment. We agree that the spread of this novel virus is a critical issue that requires attention. Our goal is to try and keep the virus out and if it is found in the care center, to minimize the spread to anyone else. We are asking non-essential visitors, including family members, contractors, and volunteers to avoid visiting our facility for the time being. Loved ones can communicate with residents by using video chat, calling, texting, or checking in on social media.
• Aitkin Schools: district and school leaders are reviewing emergency management plans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of March 13, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continues to grow in Minnesota and nationwide. The Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are closely monitoring the situation and regularly providing guidance. We are working closely with state and local agencies to stay up-to-date on the best ways to keep students and staff safe. We will continue to update our plans and provide you with more information as it becomes available.
• The McGregor High School band concert, scheduled for tonight, was cancelled as a precautionary measure.
• CRMC visitors restricted, entrances closed. As new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are confirmed in Minnesota, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is restricting visitors and limiting access to its facilities to protect its patients, residents and staff.
The only access to CRMC will be the main entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; Entrance B from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; and through the Emergency Department when emergency care is needed. A simple wellness screening of symptoms will be conducted for all those entering the facility.
• Governor Tim Walz today issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a peacetime emergency in Minnesota and unveiled legislative proposals to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. These actions came in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health announcing new community mitigation strategies to limit the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization recently declared COVID-19 a pandemic and over the past week there has been an increased number of cases in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm today issued a number of community mitigation strategies, which Governor Walz advises and urges Minnesotans to follow, including: Cancel or postpone large events in excess of 250 people gathered together; Ensure space for social distancing of six feet per person at smaller events and gatherings (less than 250 people); and Limit gatherings with participants at high risk for severe disease to less than 10 people.
• McGregor Public Schools is following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, Riverwood Health System, Aitkin County Public Health and other state agencies. We are also receiving updates from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure our school district has the latest information. Our students' health and safety is a top priority.
The District employs strategic disinfectant procedures during the influenza season. The same cleaning strategies that we use to limit influenza transmission are effective in combatting COVID-19. These include frequent disinfecting of surfaces and safely sanitize classrooms on a regular schedule.
At this time, the District is enacting a "No Visitor Policy" to limit community contact with our students. Parents and guardians are asked to stay in the entryway of both high school and elementary and wait for someone to bring your child to you. Please do not enter the school. If you need to talk to someone in the office, please call Jodi at 218-768-5125 or Deb at 218-768- 5136. Preschool parents are asked to remain outside of the foyer doors and your children will be brought out to you. Please watch for JMC and website notifications in regards to school activities. Cancellations may happen and we will notify you via JMC email, text and phone calls.
• Aitkin County Republican conventions scheduled have been cancelled, at least through April.
• Aitkin County DFL convention scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at Long Lake Conservation Center has been cancelled, as well as all Minnesota DFL conventions from now until May 1.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
• POSTPONED: Aitkin Children’s Center garage sale fundraiser. Reschedule date will be announced as soon as possible
• RIVERWOOD HEALTHCARE CENTER UPDATE: (UPDATED 3/13/2020)
Effective March 13, Riverwood stopped offering its courtesy shuttle service to clinic patients and visitors parking in the Aitkin Riverwood lot. The service will be restarted after the potential for widespread illness is gone.
• CANCELLED: Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce - Commerce and Outdoor Show was scheduled fo this Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 at the Aitkin High School.
• McGregor Carefree Living: NOTICE to all Families, Friends, and Visitors:
Effective immediately, our Carefree Living Communities have implemented precautions for the COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus). We are restricting visitation and canceling all planned events and outings.
• Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is closing its Care Center and Heartwood Senior Living Community to visitors to ensure that those who live and work there remain safe and healthy. All community events and classes scheduled at Heartwood have been cancelled indefinitely.
• Golden Horizons: We are asking all visitors to please stay away if you are feeling ill, have been out of the country in the recent weeks, or have been in contact with people who are sick or traveling out of country.