Just three days after 15 new COVID-19 cases — the single-day high — were reported in St. Louis County, the Minnesota Department of Health reported another 14 new cases Friday.
That brings the total to 42 new cases since Sunday, a record high in the span of a week.
The Hummingbird, an assisted living facility in Meadowlands, was the latest congregate care facility reported in St. Louis County with an outbreak. One staff member has tested positive and the rest of the facility is currently undergoing testing, Facilities Administrator Mike Lindgren said.
Also in the Northland, one new case was reported in both Itasca and Koochiching counties.
The new cases were among 609 reported statewide. As St. Louis County sees more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases than ever before, the number of statewide hospitalizations remains the lowest it's been since early April. The number of Minnesotans in an intensive care unit rose by eight in the last day to 124, but the number of people hospitalized outside an ICU setting dropped by 32 to 103.
Statewide, five more people have died. None of them were Northland residents.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported two new COVID-19 cases in Ashland County, where the last new case was reported June 8. One new case was reported in Bayfield County for the second case this week.
One new case was reported in Douglas County, bringing the total number of new cases to nine so far this week.
Statewide, Wisconsin reported 845 new cases Friday, marking the second day in a row and the third time since July 4 that the state has set a single-day record.
Five more Wisconsin residents diagnosed with COVID-19 have died. None of them resided in Bayfield, Ashland or Douglas counties.
This story was updated at 2:37 p.m. July 10 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:41 a.m. July 10.