Two Northland schools were placed on the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.
A school building is placed on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests.
Proctor Public Schools’ Bay View Elementary School and Grand Rapids/Bigfork Public Schools’ West Rapids Elementary School were added to the list.
Bay View moved from hybrid to distance learning Nov. 3 and will remain in that model until Jan. 4 at minimum.
West Rapids will also move from hybrid to distance learning starting Nov. 23 until Dec. 6 unless it continues “to have large numbers of staff and students who are quarantined or infected.” As of Tuesday, West Rapids had two active student cases and two active staff cases with 32 people in total in quarantine.
People 19 and under make up 15.73% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota since March. Of the 7,228 new cases reported Thursday, there were 121 cases among ages 0-4; 178 among ages 5-9; 290 among ages 10-14; and 561 among ages 15-19.
In St. Louis County, the number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday by age and total since March are:
Ages 0-4 — 4 new cases; 61 total.
Ages 5-9 — 8 new cases; 111 total.
Ages 10-14 — 12 new cases; 147 total.
Ages 15-19 — 30 new cases; 536 total.
In Lake County, there have been a total of two cases for those ages 0-4; eight cases ages 5-9; four cases ages 10-14; and 14 cases ages 15-19.
In Carlton County, there have been a total of 12 cases ages 0-4; 26 cases ages 5-9; 28 cases ages 10-14; and 72 cases ages 15-19.
As of Thursday, 45 new school buildings were added to the outbreak list and two were removed for a total of 112.
Grand Rapids Senior High School in Itasca County and Mountain Iron-Buhl Schools in St. Louis County were previously added to the list.
From Nov. 1-7, there were 1,014 more positive COVID-19 cases in schools statewide, with 494 new cases among staff and 520 new cases among students. Statewide, 159 more school buildings reported at least one new case of COVID-19.
From Oct. 25 through Nov. 7, 496 school buildings reported one confirmed case of COVID-19, 275 reported two to four confirmed cases and 63 reported more than five.