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Ashland County resident dead from COVID-19

Aitkin County broke its single-day high in new cases, with 34 more people who tested positive.

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An Ashland County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It is the second such death this week in the county.

Five Ashland County residents have now died from the illness.

Statewide, Wisconsin reported 45 more deaths, and another 34 Minnesotans have died. No other deaths were recorded in the 10-county region of the Northland.

In Aitkin County, 34 more residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, more than doubling its previous single-day high for new cases. Its latest 7-day average of new cases was 13.7 new cases a day.

With 95 more residents infected with the coronavirus, St. Louis County recorded about 100 fewer new diagnoses on Saturday than it did the day prior. The county's 7-day average of new cases was 104.1 cases a day, passing the 100 mark for the first time.


New cases and 7-day averages in other Northland counties:

  • Carlton β€”26; 29.
  • Cook β€” 1; 1.7.
  • Itasca β€” 31; 25.3
  • Koochiching β€” 4; 2.7
  • Lake β€” 2; 4.3.


  • Douglas β€” 35; 27.4
  • Ashland β€” 15; 12.4.

  • Bayfield β€” 22; 16.1.

Minnesota reported 4,647 more people who tested positive on Saturday, and Wisconsin reported 7,065. Completed diagnostic tests were up by more than 44,700 in Minnesota and up by 18,928 in Wisconsin.
Minnesota's single-day testing positivity rate β€” percent of the latest tests that have come back positive β€” calculates to 10.4%, while Wisconsin's calculates to 37.3%. Wisconsin reported a 7-day average positivity rate of 34.1%, however.

Higher education

In its weekly update, the University of Minnesota Duluth reported 14 new infections in students and employees between Oct. 25-31.

That's the same number the university reported the previous week, though this week only three of those people were on campus while infected, according to contact tracing interviews. One of those students lives on campus. As of Thursday, 5% of the isolation and quarantine rooms on campus were occupied by students.

Lake Superior College reported that four more employees and one more student has tested positive, according to the Minnesota State Colleges and University's COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard's latest update includes cases reported during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

New employee and student cases in other Minnesota State system schools:

  • Fond du Lac Community and Technical College in Cloquet: 2 employee cases.
  • Mesabi Range College in Virginia β€” 1 employee case.

  • Hibbing Community College β€” 1 employee case.
  • Vermillion Community College in Ely β€” 1 employee case.
  • Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids β€” 1 employee case.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has identified four new infections in students living on campus since beginning its fifth bi-weekly round of testing for all residential students. The UW System reported those four cases between Nov. 3-5 in its COVID-19 dashboard.
The dashboard does not include diagnoses among students living off campus and employees.


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