Across the 10-county region of the Northland, 86 more people tested positive for COVID-19.
Though COVID-19 numbers were low Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday’s reported numbers included an error causing the number of new positive cases statewide to be lower than they actually are.
Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann said during a news conference Monday that 9,193 test results were not uploaded to the system in time for the daily situation update. Of those 9,193 tests, 558 were positive for COVID-19; this number includes new cases and repeat tests.
The unreported cases will be included in Tuesday’s situation report.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:
Aitkin — 7; 3.1.
Carlton — 5; 11.9.
Cook — zero; 0.4.
Itasca — 5; 9.1.
Koochiching — 1; 2.4.
Lake — 4; 5.4.
St. Louis — 34; 64.3.
Ashland — 7; 6.6.
Bayfield — 7; 5.1.
Douglas — 16; 22.
Minnesota reported a total of 980 new cases and four deaths on Monday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 1,456 more cases and five new deaths. There were no new deaths in the 10-county region.
Ehresmann told reporters Monday there have been five identified cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the United Kingdom. The new variant is more easily spread.
The Department of Health said the five cases were found in four counties: Hennepin, Dakota, Ramsey and Carver. The five people ranged from ages 15 to 37 and had an onset of symptoms between Dec. 16 and 31.
Ehresmann said based on the onset of symptoms, they believe the variant's circulation is statewide.
Two of the five said they traveled internationally; one did not; and the other two are unknown as contact tracing and interviews are being conducted.
Ehresmann asks all Minnesotans to continue to be vigilant by wearing masks, social distancing and not gathering in small or large groups outside their household.
The number of intensive care beds available in Northeastern Minnesota is 18.6%, according to state data that's updated once every weekday with figures from the previous day.
Available non-ICU beds have remained roughly the same in the region, at about 18.7%. As of Monday, 74 people were hospitalized in the region with COVID-19, with 15 of them being in an ICU unit.
Over the weekend, 2,537 more COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Northeast Minnesota and 43,419 statewide.
New vaccines administered by the county and the total percentage of population vaccinated:
Aitkin — 92; 2.4%.
Carlton — 331; 4%.
Cook — 88; 5.3%.
Itasca — 475; 3%.
Koochiching — 86; 2.1%.
Lake — 67; 3.6%.
St. Louis — 1,398; 3.9%.
Wisconsin updates its vaccine data weekly on Tuesday afternoons.