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Carlton County has 2 new cases of COVID-19; Itasca, Koochiching each report 1

Numbers as of Monday, June 1.

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Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Carlton County, bringing the number of cases confirmed through lab-based testing to 75 on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

One new case was reported in Itasca County, bringing its total to 55. Koochiching County also had one positive test, raising its total to nine.

Fourty-one of the confirmed cases in Carlton County were among inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake as of Monday afternoon. Another 31 are presumed to have had the virus there, while 35 staff members have tested positive, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Pine County now has a total of 89 confirmed cases. The DOC was reporting 73 positive tests and seven suspected cases among inmates at its Willow River facility, where four staffers also reported testing positive.

There were no new cases in Aitkin, Cook, Lake or St. Louis counties. Cook is one of just two counties in the state without a confirmed case; the other is Lake of the Woods.


Statewide, 25,208 people have tested positive and 19,441 of them no longer need to be isolated, not including deaths.

The Health Department reported the completion of 6,073 more diagnostic tests and 361 new cases Monday.

The testing numbers may lag, as the state's public health lab was closed and not accepting specimens over the weekend due to civil unrest in St. Paul and the surrounding area. Samples were rerouted to partner laboratories when possible, the Health Department said.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 549 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, and 253 of them were in an intensive care unit.

The Health Department reported 10 more deaths in Minnesota, bringing the total to 1,050. Of those fatalities, 855 were residents of long-term care facilities.

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Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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