10 more people die from COVID-19 in Northeastern Minnesota
289 more Northland residents have tested positive.
Ten more people have died from COVID-19 and its complications in the Northland as of Wednesday.
All 10 lived in Northeastern Minnesota and seven of them were St. Louis County residents. One of the St. Louis County residents was in their late 40s, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. One was in their early 60s, three were in their early 80s and two were in their 90s.
A total of 141 in the county have now lost their lives to the illness.
Two more Lake County residents have died, bringing the county's death toll to 10. They were both in their late 80s.
Itasca County recorded its 26th death — a person in their early 90s.
Another 153 people in St. Louis County have tested positive. The 20-24 age group logged the most new cases with 24, according to the county's COVID-19 dashboard. Fifteen more people in the 25-29 age group have tested positive. That's followed with 13 people in the 40-44 age group and 12 people in the 15-19 age group. Both the 30-34 and 35-39 groups recorded 10 new cases each.
In the last seven days, the county has had an average of 192 new cases a day.
New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:
- Aitkin — 1; 10.
- Carlton — 27; 35.
- Cook — 4; 2.
- Itasca — 32; 39.
- Koochiching — 10; 8.
- Lake — 3; 5.
Ashland — 7; 16.
Bayfield — 5; 12.
Douglas — 47; 47.
The state of Minnesota reported 4,539 new cases and 82 new deaths Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,619 and 81 more deaths.
As for hospital capacity, the state of Minnesota reported that there were 10 available and staffed intensive care unit beds in the northeastern part of the state at one point Tuesday. Those 10 beds represent 9.8% of the total ICU beds at the time.
More than 100 non-ICU beds were available in the region at that point in time Tuesday. Of the 600 people who were hospitalized, 117 of them had COVID-19. Thirty of those COVID-19 patients were in an ICU.
A hospital's capacity fluctuates throughout the day and the state's data, which is updated once every weekday, only offers a snapshot in time of what hospitals are experiencing.