Another 32 Northland residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and one more has died from the illness as of Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported 17 deaths; one of those people was a St. Louis County resident in their early 80s.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 18 deaths Wednesday. None of those people lived in Douglas, Bayfield or Ashland counties.

St. Louis County has now lost 263 residents to COVID-19 and its complications.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

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  • Aitkin — 3; 1.7.
  • Carlton — 0; 2.3.
  • Cook — 0; 0.
  • Itasca — 5; 7.3.
  • Koochiching — 1; 0.3.
  • Lake — 2; 2.3.
  • St. Louis — 17; 23.9.
  • Ashland — 0; 0.3.
  • Bayfield — 0; 0.4.
  • Douglas — 4; not available.

Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties collectively logged another 1,440 vaccine dose administrations. That's the largest vaccine growth the region has had in a single day, according to county-level data from Wisconsin Department of Health Services that dates back to early February.

Most of those doses went to people completing the two-dose series. More than 15,000 residents in the three-county region have now received at least one vaccine dose and more than half of those people have finished the series.

The seven counties of Northeastern Minnesota tallied another 3,200 vaccinations Wednesday and the vast majority went to people getting their first dose.

More than 75,000 Northeastern Minnesotans — 23% of the population — have been vaccinated and more than 40,000 of those people have received both doses required for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.