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3 Carlton County residents dead from COVID-19; St. Louis County sees spike in cases

Across the Northland, 85 new cases were recorded Friday, the most daily cases since Jan. 28.

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Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Carlton County on Friday. Two residents were between ages 80 and 84, while the third resident was between ages 75 and 79.

St. Louis County reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the most single-day cases since Jan. 29. The Northland had a total of 85 new cases.

Minnesota recorded 1,156 new cases and 12 deaths across the state Friday. Seven who died lived in private residences and five lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Wisconsin recorded 656 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths statewide.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:


  • Aitkin — 5; 3.3.
  • Carlton — 4; 2.6.
  • Cook — 0; 0.
  • Itasca — 15; 10.3.
  • Koochiching — 0; 0.3.
  • Lake — 4; 2.9.
  • St. Louis — 51; 20.
  • Ashland — 2; 0.7.

  • Bayfield — 1; 0.3.

  • Douglas — 3; 3.7.

More than half of northern Minnesotans who have started their COVID-19 vaccinations have completed the two-dose series. Of the 66,353 who have had at least one shot in their arm, 33,613 have received both doses. In all, just over 23% of northern Minnesotans have started the vaccine series.

In the Northland's seven Minnesota counties, 3,181 new vaccines were administered Wednesday, the most recent day of data available. Of those, 2,135 were second doses.

Statewide, 804,716 Minnesotans have received at least one shot of the vaccine — or 14.5%. Statewide, 45.3% of Minnesotans older than 64 have started the vaccine series. More than 55% of northern Minnesotans older than 64 have started the series.

In Wisconsin's three Northland counties, 712 new vaccinations were reported Friday, bringing the total of vaccines administered in the counties to 20,195. Just over 20.7% of the total population of the three counties have received at least one dose of their vaccine. The state average is 14.9%.

Of Wisconsin residents age 65 and older, 51.3% have received at least one vaccine in the series, while an average of 52.9% of Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas county residents older than 64 have started their vaccine series.


This story was updated at 2:18 p.m. Feb. 26 with vaccine information from Wisconsin. It was originally posted at 11:31 a.m. Feb. 26.

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