Ten more people have died from COVID-19 in the 10-county region of the Northland — that's the most the area has recorded in a single day.
St. Louis County reported five new deaths on Wednesday, according to its COVID-19 dashboard. All but one of them lived in a private residence. The other lived in a long-term care facility. Nearly 80% of the 102 St. Louis County residents who have now died from COVID-19 lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities.
The people who lived in private residences ranged between the ages of 75 and 89. The long-term care facility resident was between the ages of 90 and 94, according to the county.
Two more residents from Lake County have died. They were between the ages of 85-89 and 90-94, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Six Lake County residents have now died from COVID-19, and all of those deaths occurred in November.
Aitkin County also recorded two more deaths, bringing its death toll to 26. The people were between the ages of 70-74 and 95-99.
Ashland County recorded its ninth death on Wednesday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Minnesota reported a total of 72 deaths and 6,399 new cases on Wednesday, while Wisconsin reported 63 deaths and 5,469 new cases.
For the first time in six days, none of the 10 Northland counties individually broke their single-day case records.
Another 301 St. Louis County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. That's the county's third-highest daily case count. In the last seven days the county has recorded an average of 249 new cases a day.
New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:
- Itasca — 56; 64.
- Carlton — 44; 58.
- Lake — 16; 16.
- Aitkin — 6; 21.
- Koochiching — 6; 7.
- Cook — zero; 2.
- Douglas — 44; 64.
- Ashland — 13; 12.
- Bayfield — 9; 9.
The News Tribune will not have a COVID-19 update on Thursday since the Minnesota Department of Health will not be releasing new figures on Thanksgiving. The state of Minnesota's updates will resume Friday with data from Wednesday, according to a news release from the state. Saturday's update will include both Thursday and Friday data, so case and death numbers could appear higher than normal.