In response to state Sen. Karin Housley calling on the health department to disclose more COVID-19 data, the Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm responded on Friday with several documents including the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases by congregate care facilities.
Of the 14 deaths that have been recorded in St. Louis County, 11 have been residents of St. Ann's, an assisted living facility in Duluth that is no longer experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, 29 residents and one staff member have tested positive, according to the health department's data.
One former resident of Superior View Apartments in Duluth is recorded to have died with COVID-19. Superior View Apartments is an assisted living facility and was the first congregate care facility in St. Louis County to be affiliated with a case of COVID-19. One resident was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Home Living Wesley Residence, an assisted living facility on Grand Avenue in Duluth, is the only congregate care facility in the county currently experiencing an outbreak, according to St. Louis County. So far, two staff members and one resident have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
St. Louis County reports that all 14 COVID-19-related deaths in the county have been "associated" with long-term care facilities. The health department's data only discloses the deaths among the residents of long-term care facilities with at least 10 residents.
All 10 deaths recorded in Itsaca County have been residents of The Emeralds at Grand Rapids, which is a skilled nursing home. Twenty-six residents and 14 staff members have tested positive.
Good Samaritan International Falls, a skilled nursing home, in Koochiching County has recorded one resident case.
Active cases by county
The data the health department released on Friday also included the number of active cases currently in each county.
In St. Louis County one known person is still in isolation, according to the health department. Carlton, Itasca and Koochiching counties all have two known cases in isolation. In Aitkin County that number is four. Lake County, which only has one recorded COVID-19 case, currently has no known residents in isolation.
Saturday's COVID-19 numbers
One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Douglas County on Saturday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The last time a case was reported in Douglas County was May 26.
Across the border in Minnesota, no Northland residents were among the 526 new cases of COVID-19 the Minnesota Department of Health reported Saturday.
For the third day in a row, Minnesota has reached its goal of completing 10,000 diagnostic tests a day. The health department reported that 11,144 diagnostic tests were completed on Friday.
The health department reported 22 deaths on Saturday, 14 of them in long-term care facilities. None of those deaths were recorded in the Northland.
Of the 27,501 Minnesotans who have tested positive in the past few months, 22,253 of them no longer require isolation and that number does not include deaths.
The number of people occupying intensive care units in the state has dropped for the third day in a row, to 206. Another 267 are hospitalized with COVID-19 outside of an ICU setting.
As of Saturday, people between the ages of 30-39 make up the largest group of Minnesotans who have tested positive, at 5,433 cases. That's followed by 20-29 with 5,018; 40-49 with 4,306; 50-59 with 3,877; 60-69 with 2,414; 6-19 with 1,923; 70-79 with 1,383; 80-89 with 1,328; 90-99 with 738; 0-5 with 514; and 100 years or older with 41.
The age group that's seen the highest number of deaths with COVID-19 is 80-89 with 402 deaths. That's followed by 90-99 with 305; 70-79 with 229; 60-69 with 132; 50-59 with 57; 100 and older with 24; 40-49 with 13; 30-39 with 7; and 20-29 with 1.
This story was updated at 2:12 p.m. June 6 to include a new COVID-19 case in Douglas County, Wisconsin. It was originally posted at 12:46 p.m. June 6.