732 more Northland teens get COVID-19 vaccine

Statewide, 15,443 more 12- to 17-year-olds in Minnesota and 10,309 in Wisconsin were vaccinated over the past week. Children ages 12-15 make up more than 50% of vaccinations in teens and preteens.

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Minnesota and Wisconsin health officials reported Thursday another 732 Northland teens got their first COVID-19 vaccine dose over the past week.

Statewide, 15,443 more 12-to-17-year-olds in Minnesota and 10,309 in Wisconsin were vaccinated over the past week. Children 12-15 years old make up more than 50% of vaccinations in teens and pre-teens.

The number of first doses administered to 12-to-17-year-olds in Northland counties as of Thursday are:

  • 38 in Aitkin County.

  • 65 in Carlton County.

  • 4 in Cook County.

  • 133 in Itasca County.

  • 28 in Koochiching County.

  • 8 in Lake County.

  • 227 in St. Louis County.

  • 114 in Ashland County.

  • 31 in Bayfield County.

  • 84 in Douglas County.

St. Louis County youth continue to keep COVID-19 cases low. In St. Louis County, those ages 4 and under had two new cases, ages 5-9 had three new cases, 10-14 had three new cases and ages 15-19 had six news cases in the past week.
Statewide COVID-19 cases over the past week by age group: ages 4 and under, 69; ages 10-14, 98; and ages 15-19, 126.


COVID-19 in schools

St. Joseph's Catholic School in Grand Rapids was removed from the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.

A school building is put on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests.

St. Joseph’s, added March 25, was removed from the list Thursday.

These Northland schools still remain on the outbreak list as of Thursday:

  • Grand Rapids High School, added Oct. 8.

  • Lowell Elementary School, in Duluth, added March 11.

  • Robert J. Elkington Middle School, in Grand Rapids, added March 11.

  • Hibbing High School, added March 18.

  • Mesabi East High School, in Aurora, added March 18.

  • Cohasset Elementary School, in Cohasset, added March 25.

  • West Rapids Elementary School, in Grand Rapids, added March 25.

  • Hermantown Elementary School, added April 1.

  • Virginia High School, added April 8.

  • East High School, in Duluth, added April 15.

  • Denfeld High School, in Duluth, added April 22.

  • Piedmont Elementary School, in Duluth, added April 22.

  • Lincoln Elementary School, in Hibbing, added April 22.

  • King Elementary School, in Deer River, added April 22.

  • Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, in Nashwauk, added April 29.

  • Laura MacArthur Elementary School, in Duluth, added April 29.

  • East Grand Rapids Elementary School, in Grand Rapids, added May 13.

As of Thursday, two new school buildings were added to the list and 34 were removed for a total of 298 buildings remaining on the list.
From May 23-29, there were 213 more positive COVID-19 cases in schools statewide, with 52 new cases among staff and 161 new cases among students. The state reported one staff member and student spent time in the intensive care unit last week. A total of two students were hospitalized.

Please note: This weekly school COVID-19 update will be published for the last time on June 19 as summer vacations begin.

Adelle Whitefoot covers K-12 education in northeast Minnesota for the Duluth News Tribune. She has been covering education in Minnesota since 2014.
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