St. Louis County logs 85 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

Minnesota health officials reported 124 new COVID-19 cases in the seven counties of northeast Minnesota on Friday.

Nearly 70% of these cases, or 85 cases, are located in St. Louis County. That’s most of the new cases the county had in a single day in nearly three months.

For the eighth year in a row, Northeastern Minnesota had no new deaths from COVID-19.

The Wisconsin Department of Health reported 55 new cases in the state’s northwesternmost counties. More than 60% of these people, or 34 people, live in Douglas County. This region had no new deaths for the third day in a row.

New cases and 7-day averages in Northland counties:

  • Aitkin – 2; 2.4.
  • Carlton – 10; 8.4.
  • Cook – 0; 0.6.
  • Itasca – 21; 15.4.
  • Koochiching – 6; 4.4.
  • Lake – 0; 1.3.
  • St. Louis – 85; 51.
  • Ashland – 9; 1.3.
  • Bayfield – 12; 1.7.
  • Douglas – 34; 4.9.

Also on Friday, the state of Minnesota reported that an additional 2,500 residents of northeast Minnesota had received their first dose of vaccine. This is the twentieth increase in vaccines administered in the region in one day.

Approximately 47% of the people living in the seven counties region have had at least one dose of vaccine and 30% of the population have completed their vaccine series.

82% of those 65 and older in the region had at least one dose of vaccine.

Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties, Wisconsin, recorded a combined additional 370 primary vaccinations.

More than 37% of the population of this region have at least one vaccine dose while 23% of the population have completed their streak.

This story was updated on April 2 at 4:13 pm with information from the Wisconsin Department of Health. It was originally released on April 2nd at 12:42 pm.

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