COVID-19 cases skyrocket in St. Louis County with 320 new infections

This is an increase of nearly 70% from the county’s previous daily high of 190 cases on Nov. 6. For the past seven days, St. Louis County has averaged 171.6 new cases per day.

Fifty-two – about 16% – of these cases involved residents between the ages of 20 and 24.

Two other St. Louis County residents have died from COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, people were between 65 and 69 years old and between 75 and 79 years old. One of them lived in a long-term care or assisted living facility and the other lived at home.

79 St. Louis County residents have died from the disease.

Counties Carlton and Itasca also posted new daily highs. Carlton County recorded 76 new diagnoses – an increase of nearly 60% from the previous November 6th high.

The county recorded her eighth death, a person between the ages of 65 and 69.

Consistent with recent events, Itasca County recorded 61 new infections on Thursday, a few weeks after Itasca County’s public health officials saw signs of improvement in the community’s previously classified “uncontrollable” spread. The county recorded 57 cases on Wednesday and had an average of 38.3 new cases per day.

Dr. Phil Imholte, GP at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, called on parishioners not to do their part to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Healthcare providers are very frustrated with the behavior of our community. The apparent disregard for wearing masks and people interacting with large groups of other people has resulted in the rapid and almost uncontrollable spread of COVID,” Imholte said at a news conference in Itasca County on Thursday.

“Due to the rise in COVID caused by its spread in the community, our hospitals are full, making treating heart attacks, strokes and trauma very difficult,” said Imholte. “Some people want to argue that the COVID numbers don’t matter, but I would hope everyone would agree that the hospital numbers are important.

“If you want health care providers to help you, your grandmother, your uncle, your child or your friends when they need any type of care, now is the time to improve your behavior,” he said.

Minnesota reported 7,228 new infections and 39 deaths on Thursday. Another of these deaths was recorded in Northland. A resident of Aitkin County, aged between 90 and 94, died, bringing the county’s death toll to nine.

Diagnostic tests completed in Minnesota rose 48,513, representing a positive positivity rate for one-day state tests – the percentage of tests that returned positive – of 14.9%.

New Cases and 7-Day Averages in Other Northeast Minnesota Counties:

  • Aitkin: 6; 16.7.
  • Cook: 2; 0.9.
  • Koochiching: 9; 5.9.
  • Lake: 11; 6.1.
  • Douglas: 32; 32.7.
  • Bayfield: 28; 17.9.
  • Ashland: 18; 15.4.

Wisconsin reported 7,497 more people who tested positive and completed 22,408 more diagnostic tests. The state’s seven-day test positive average on Thursday was 36.4%.

Fifty-eight other Wisconsin residents have died from COVID-19.

This story was updated with additional information from Wisconsin on November 12th at 3:58 pm. It was originally released on November 12th at 12:33 pm.

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