Two Northland schools were added to the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.

A school building is put on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests.

Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, in Nashwauk, and Laura MacArthur Elementary School, in Duluth, were added to the list Thursday. Both schools are offering in-person learning for all students.

Laura MacArthur Elementary School (Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / News Tribune)
Laura MacArthur Elementary School (Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / News Tribune)

On Thursday, Duluth Public Schools reported that from April 16-29 there were 25 reported cases of COVID-19 in the district with only three of those cases being staff members.

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Memorial High School, in Ely, and Mesabi East Elementary School, in Aurora, both added March 25, were removed from the list Thursday.

These Northland schools still remain on the outbreak list as of Thursday:

  • Grand Rapids High School, added Oct. 8.

  • Lowell Elementary School, in Duluth, added March 11.

  • Robert J. Elkington Middle School, in Grand Rapids, added March 11.

  • Hibbing High School, added March 18.

  • Mesabi East High School, in Aurora, added March 18.

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School, in Grand Rapids, added March 18.

  • Cohasset Elementary School, in Cohasset, added March 25.

  • Greenway High School, in Coleraine, added March 25.

  • West Rapids Elementary School, in Grand Rapids, added March 25.

  • Hermantown Elementary School, added April 1.

  • Virginia High School, added April 8.

  • East High School, in Duluth, added April 15.

  • Stella Maris Academy’s St. James campus, in Duluth, added April 15.

  • Denfeld High School, in Duluth, added April 22.

  • Piedmont Elementary School, in Duluth, added April 22.

  • Lincoln Elementary School, in Hibbing, added April 22.

  • King Elementary School, in Deer River, added April 22.

As of Thursday, 50 new school buildings were added to the list and six were removed for a total of 284 buildings remaining on the list.

From April 18-24, there were 1,474 more positive COVID-19 cases in schools statewide, with 188 new cases among staff and 1,286 new cases among students. The state reported four staff members and seven students were hospitalized last week. The state also reported a first grader from Marshall, Minnesota, died of COVID-19 this week.