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8 more lives lost to COVID-19 in Northland as of Thursday

The 10-county region logged 480 new cases.

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Another eight Northland residents have died from COVID-19, according to the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin's updates Thursday, Dec. 3.

Half of those people lived in St. Louis County — three were long-term care or assisted living facility residents and one lived in a private residence. They ranged between ages of 70 and 94.

Wisconsin reported two more deaths in Bayfield County, bringing the total lives lost there to 16.

Lake and Itasca counties each recorded one new death, their eighth and 24th, respectively.

Ashland County was the only Northland county to hit a new record of cases reported in a single day. Forty-one more residents have tested positive for the virus, putting the county's seven-day average of new cases at 16 new cases a day.


New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:

  • Aitkin — 4; 14.
  • Carlton — 34; 51.
  • Cook — 1; 3.
  • Itasca — 42; 43.
  • Koochiching — 11; 10.
  • Lake — 8; 10.
  • St. Louis — 272; 230.
  • Bayfield — 19; 10.
  • Douglas — 48; 46.

On Thursday, Minnesota reported a total of 92 deaths and 6,166 new cases. Wisconsin logged 60 more lost lives and 4,618 more confirmed infections.

As for hospital capacity, Minnesota was reporting that 11.9% of staffed intensive care unit beds were available, while 9.8% of non-ICU beds were available in the northeastern part of the state as of one point Wednesday.

A hospital's capacity changes by the hour. The state of Minnesota updates its hospital capacity data once every weekday to represent a snapshot in time.

Thirty-seven people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in an ICU unit in Northeastern Minnesota as of Wednesday, and 115 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized outside of an ICU unit.


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