Itasca County reported its 54th COVID-19-related death on Tuesday. The person was between ages 80 and 84. Two deaths in Douglas County, Wisconsin, were reported by the state on Saturday, May 8, but were not previously noted by the Duluth News Tribune.

The Northland's 10 counties reported a total of 53 new positive cases Tuesday, a decline for the fourth day in a row. Across the states, there were 583 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths in Minnesota and 517 new positive cases and 13 new deaths in Wisconsin.

New cases and seven-day averages in Minnesota Northland counties:

  • Aitkin — 0; 2.
  • Carlton — 3; 5.7.
  • Cook — 0; 0.9.
  • Itasca — 24; 22.9.
  • Koochiching — 0; 1.1.
  • Lake — 0; 0.4.
  • St. Louis — 20; 29.6.
  • Ashland — 1; 1.6.
  • Bayfield — 0; 1.
  • Douglas — 5; 5.3.

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According to the states' data reported Tuesday, an additional 167 Northlanders received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 240 people became fully vaccinated.

The population of the Northland is now 45% fully vaccinated and 51% have received at least one dose.

These percentages include children under age 16, who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for children age 12-15 Monday afternoon, and Minnesota is expected to begin administering the vaccine to that age group later this week. Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday that the state is awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is expected to be announced Wednesday. Local Wisconsin health departments are also waiting for guidance from the state Department of Health Services.

Percentage of people with at least one vaccine dose in each county:

  • Aitkin — 46%.
  • Carlton — 53%.
  • Cook — 69%.
  • Itasca — 42%.
  • Koochiching — 43%.
  • Lake — 53%.
  • St. Louis — 51%.
  • Ashland — 50%.
  • Bayfield — 57%.
  • Douglas — 47%.

This story was updated at 2:55 p.m. on May 11 to include Wisconsin data. It was originally posted at 11:28 a.m. on May 11.