A Bayfield County resident died of COVID-19-related causes, the state of Wisconsin reported Friday. In total, 39 new cases were confirmed across the Northland. Statewide, Minnesota tracked eight deaths and 1,001 new cases, while Wisconsin reported 35 new deaths and 774 new cases.
Minnesota has now administered 1.02 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. In the Minnesota Northland counties, 3,550 vaccines were administered Feb. 17 — the most recent day of data available. More than half of those vaccines were second doses. In all, 62,071 Northern Minnesotans have received at least one shot of the vaccine, while 22,050 have completed the two-dose series. Wisconsin's Northland counties administered 766 new vaccines, the state reported Friday.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:
- Aitkin — 4; 2.
- Carlton — 4; 3.1.
- Cook — 1; 0.1.
- Itasca — 10; 6.9.
- Koochiching — 0; 0.1.
- Lake — 1; 3.1.
- St. Louis — 16; 16.6.
- Ashland — 2; 0.3.
- Bayfield — 0; 0.4.
Douglas — 1; 2.
Vaccine efforts may continue to face delays as shipments are delayed due to inclement weather across the country. Statewide, 13.1% of Minnesotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 21.7% of Minnesota Northlanders have at least one dose.
Each of Northern Minnesota's counties are close to reaching 50% of residents ages 65 and older receiving at least one dose. Cook County has administered at least one dose of vaccine to 85.8% of its residents ages 65 and older. Statewide, 39.8% of seniors have received at least one dose.
Wisconsin's Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties have administered at least one dose to 48% of the population ages 65 and older, while statewide 44.8% have had at least one shot of vaccine.
In Wisconsin, 13.4% of residents have had at least one shot of the vaccine, or 782,420 people. In Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties, 18.5% of residents have at least one dose of vaccine.
This story was updated at 3:11 p.m. Feb. 19 to add Wisconsin data. It was originally posted at 11:55 a.m. Feb. 19.