Seven more Northland residents have died from COVID-19 and its complications as of Wednesday, including a St. Louis County resident in their early 40s.

The youngest person to have died from the illness in St. Louis County was in their early 30s.

The other St. Louis County deaths reported Wednesday included one person in their late 60s, two people in their early 80s and one person in their early 90s. The county has now lost 236 people to COVID-19.

Carlton and Itasca counties each logged their 42nd COVID-19 death. The Carlton County resident was in their late 80s and the Itasca County resident was in their early 70s.

The new deaths were among 50 in Minnesota. Wisconsin reported 37 deaths, none of which included people from the Northland.

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Seventy-one more Northland residents have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday — the lowest that figure's been since early October.

In December, the Northland logged an average of 230 new cases a day, according to data collected from the states of Minnesota or Wisconsin. So far this month, the region has seen an average of 121 new cases a day.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

  • Aitkin — 5; 3.1.
  • Carlton — 5; 10.
  • Cook — 1; 0.4.
  • Itasca — 4; 7.7.
  • Koochiching — 3; 2.7.
  • Lake — 9; 5.7.
  • St. Louis — 40; 54.1.
  • Ashland — 5; 5.6.
  • Bayfield — 0; 4.3.
  • Douglas — 5; 16.3.

Minnesota reported 1,504 new cases Wednesday and Wisconsin reported 2,134.

Nearly 200 more Northeastern Minnesota residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The state updated its vaccine data Wednesday, Jan. 13, with data from Jan. 10. To view the state's updated vaccine dashboard, visit

Carlton County logged 97 more vaccinations among residents, Lake County had 63 and St. Louis County recorded 35.

Nearly 147,000 Minnesotans have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 8,000 have completed the vaccine series of two doses.

Along with new cases, hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continue to drop in Northeastern Minnesota. On Tuesday, 66 people were hospitalized with the illness in the region and nine of those people were in intensive care, according to state data that reports point-in-time numbers from the previous day.

Nearly 21% of ICU beds and 17% of non-ICU beds were available at that time on Tuesday.