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126 people test positive for COVID-19 in Northland

At least 65 more Northeastern Minnesota residents have received the vaccine.

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The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin reported Tuesday that 126 more residents in the 10-county region of the Northland have tested positive for COVID-19 and one more person has died.

The person who died was a St. Louis County resident in their early 70s. In the course of the pandemic, 213 St. Louis County residents have died from COVID-19 and its complications.

New case numbers could be skewed due to a slowdown in testing over the holidays. Most recently, Minnesota's saliva testing sites were closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:

  • Aitkin — 0; 2.9.
  • Carlton — 13; 14.7.
  • Cook — 0; 0.6.
  • Itasca — 2; 7.6.
  • Koochiching — 1; 1.9.
  • Lake — 1; 3.9.
  • St. Louis — 55; 79.9.
  • Ashland — 7; 5.
  • Bayfield — 2; 3.4.
  • Douglas — 45; 18.4.

Minnesota reported 1,612 new cases on Tuesday and 16 more deaths. Wisconsin reported 3,403 more residents have tested positive and 95 have died.


Also on Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported that 2,455 more Minnesotans have received a COVID-19 vaccine. It can take a few days after Minnesotans are vaccinated for those numbers to show up in the state's data.

Sixty-five of the recently added vaccinations were in the seven counties of Northeastern Minnesota. St. Louis County logged 56, Carlton County recorded eight more and Aitkin County had one more.

More than 297,000 vaccines doses have been allocated and delivered to nearly 280 sites in Minnesota. Of those, about 80,850 have been administered.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services updates its vaccine data every Tuesday. The state reported 38,000 more people have received a COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the latest total to about 85,600.

Minnesota's hospital capacity data for Monday shows that 81 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Northeastern Minnesota at the time the data was recorded. Of those people, 18 were in an intensive care unit.

About 15% of people hospitalized in the region Monday were COVID-19 patients. The region was reporting nearly 20% ICU bed availability and 17% availability for beds outside of intensive care.


This story was updated at 4:01 p.m. Jan. 5 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 2:53 p.m. Jan. 5.

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