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8 more Northland residents die of COVID-19

Across Northeast Minnesota, 155 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Eight more Northland residents have died due to complications stemming from COVID-19.

Carlton, Itasca and Lake counties each reported one death Friday. The person who died in Carlton County was in their early 60s and the people who died in Itasca and Lake counties were in their late 80s.

St. Louis County reported five more deaths Friday. Two people were in their 70s, one was in their late 80s and two were in their 90s.

Statewide, Minnesota recorded 65 more deaths and 2,737 COVID-19 cases.


Across Northeastern Minnesota, 155 more people have tested positive.

St. Louis County reported 95 new infections Monday. The county's seven-day average of new cases is 104 per day.

New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:

  • Aitkin — 4; 9.

  • Carlton — 24; 23.

  • Cook — 1; 1.

  • Itasca — 23; 26.

  • Koochiching — 7; 5.

  • Lake — 1; 3.

  • Ashland — 11; 9.4.

  • Bayfield — 5; 9.3.

  • Douglas — 24; 35.1.

Statewide in Minnesota, 2,737 more people have tested positive for COVID-19. Completed diagnostic tests are up by 63,994, which brings the state's single-day testing positivity rate — the percentage of tests that come back positive — to 4.28%.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 3,235 new cases and 60 more deaths Friday. None of those deaths were in Douglas, Bayfield or Ashland counties.

The Minnesota Department of Health updated its hospital capacity dashboard Friday. As of Dec. 17, statewide 134 ICU beds were available, 11 of which were in Northeastern Minnesota, and 748 non-ICU beds were available, 107 of which were available in Northeastern Minnesota.

As for ventilators, 1,073 were available statewide with 56 of those in Northeastern Minnesota.

This story was updated at 5:11 p.m. Dec. 18 to include information from Wisconsin. It was originally posted at 11:56 a.m. Dec. 18.


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