Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine outnumbered first doses in Saturday's reports for Northland counties. Of the 3,620 vaccines administered in the Minnesota Northland counties on Feb. 18, 2,572 of them were the second in the vaccine series. Of Wisconsin's three Northland counties, 122 of the 214 were second doses.
The 10 Northland counties reported 44 new positive cases of the coronavirus Saturday. There were no reported deaths.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:
- Aitkin — 3; 2.6.
- Carlton — 3; 2.2
- Cook — 0; 0.
- Itasca — 8; 6.9.
- Koochiching — 1; 0.1.
- Lake — 4; 3.3.
- St. Louis — 22; 16.
- Ashland — 1; 0.4.
- Bayfield — 0; 0.4.
- Douglas — 2; 1.9.
Statewide, Minnesota reported 884 new cases and 11 deaths, while Wisconsin reported 676 cases and 17 deaths Saturday.
Cook County continues to have the highest vaccination rates in Minnesota, with 40.4% of the county and 88% of residents older than 64 receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. The state's average is 13.4% of all residents and 40.5% of seniors with at least one shot.
Ashland and Bayfield counties are in the top three Wisconsin counties with the highest vaccination rates. Menominee County has administered at least one dose of vaccine to 21.4% of all residents, while Ashland and Bayfield counties have given at least one dose to 21.1% and 20.4% of residents, respectively. Ashland County has vaccinated 61.8% of senior citizens with at least one dose and Bayfield County has given at least one dose to 45.6% of residents.