For the second day in a row, Minnesota set a new daily record on Thursday with 72 more deaths reported in the state. Seven of those people lived in the seven-county region of Northeastern Minnesota.
That's the most deaths the Northland has recorded in one day. On a few occasions, the region has recorded five deaths in a day, but no more than that.
Aitkin County recorded three of those deaths, bringing the county's death toll to 13. The people were between ages 75 and 79, 85 and 89, and 95 and 99.
Two more St. Louis County residents have died from COVID-19. Both were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to the county's COVID-19 dashboard. They were between ages 85 and 89 and 90 and 94. Eighty-seven St. Louis County residents have now died from the illness.
Itasca County recorded two new deaths, putting its total at 21. The people were between ages 65 and 69 and 75 and 79.
St. Louis County recorded 348 more residents who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, passing its previous record from Nov. 12 by 28 cases.
Meanwhile, Lake County logged 20 new cases, which is five more than its former record set Wednesday. Wisconsin's Douglas County recorded 63 more people who tested positive, 10 more than its previous record, also set on Wednesday.
Of the 348 new cases recorded in St. Louis County on Thursday, 42 were people between ages 20 and 24 and 34 were between ages 25 and 29, according to the county's dashboard.
Number of new cases in other age groups:
- 55-59 — 32.
- 50-54 — 31.
- 35-39 — 30.
- 40-44 — 27.
- 30-34 — 25.
- 15-19; 45-49 — each recorded 22.
- 60-64 — 20.
- 70-74 — 19.
- 65-69 — 16.
- 10-14 — 7.
All other age groups recorded 0-5 new cases.
New cases in other counties:
- Carlton — 73.
- Itasca — 43.
- Koochiching — 8.
- Ashland — 7.
- Bayfield — 15.
Minnesota reported a total of 7,877 more people who have tested positive and Wisconsin reported 6,635 more diagnoses.
Eighty-three more Wisconsin residents have died from the illness. None of them lived in Douglas, Bayfield or Ashland counties.
This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 with additional information from Wisconsin. It was originally posted at 11:53 a.m. Nov. 19.