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3 more St. Louis County residents die of COVID-19

Saturday's report includes data recorded by Christmas Eve.

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Another 218 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northland and three additional deaths have been confirmed as a result of the illness and its complications.

All three deaths were among St. Louis County residents. The people were all in their 80s or 90s, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. There have now been 189 deaths confirmed in St. Louis County.

The county logged 98 newly confirmed cases in the health department's update, which includes data reported by 4 p.m. Thursday. There have now been more than 12,000 confirmed cases in St. Louis County.

Douglas County surpassed 3,000 positive tests since the start of the pandemic, adding 63 new cases since Christmas Eve, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Statewide, Minnesota saw 57 more deaths from COVID-19 and the addition of 2,170 positive tests. There was a 4.1% positivity rate from the 52,888 diagnostic tests completed.


Wisconsin reported four new deaths statewide Saturday, along with 632 new cases.

Data may appear skewed due to a slowdown in testing and changes in data reporting over Christmas. Wisconsin reported new case and death information Friday. Because Minnesota did not, Sunday's report will include two days' worth of data.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

  • Aitkin — 6; 8.
  • Carlton — 21; 18.
  • Cook — 0; 0.3.
  • Itasca — 7; 13.
  • Koochiching — 5; 4.
  • Lake — 1; 3.
  • St. Louis — 98; 86.
  • Ashland — 12; 8.
  • Bayfield — 5; 5.
  • Douglas — 63; 34.

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