Northeastern Minnesota recorded its largest single-day vaccination growth Saturday.
Another 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to residents in the seven-county region. Prior to Saturday, the single-day record was 4,350 on Feb. 27.
The vaccination growth is due to an increase in vaccine supply from the federal government to Minnesota, according to a news release from the governor's office.
More than 81,000 people in the seven-county region have received at least one dose of a vaccine. That's a quarter of the region's population.
Northeastern Minnesota is just shy of having vaccinated 70% of people age 65 and older. According to the vaccine data the state of Minnesota reported Saturday, 68% of that age group has received at least one vaccine, and that doesn't yet include those vaccinated in the last two days.
Wisconsin's Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties collectively logged another 442 administered vaccine doses. The region's record is just over 1,000, reported both Feb. 17 and 18.
About 22% of the three-county region's population has been vaccinated.
Also on Saturday, the Northland, including three Wisconsin counties, logged another 32 COVID-19 cases.
The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin reported no new COVID-19 deaths in the region. However, 12 deaths were reported elsewhere in Minnesota. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported one death from COVID-19 on Saturday.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:
- Aitkin — 0; 0.6.
- Carlton — 2; 0.9.
- Cook — 1; 0.1.
- Itasca — 4; 4.3.
- Koochiching — 0; 0.6.
- Lake — 0; 1.
- St. Louis — 21; 20.
- Ashland — 1; 0.1
- Bayfield — 0; 0.4.
- Douglas — 3; 2.4.