The Northland recorded 619 cases of COVID-19 in its 10-county region Sept. 3-9. There were three COVID-19-related deaths in the Northland this week, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. All three were St. Louis County residents.

New cases in Northland counties Sept. 3-9:

  • Aitkin — 30.
  • Carlton — 54.
  • Cook — 5.
  • Itasca — 78.
  • Koochiching — 29.
  • Lake — 5.
  • St. Louis — 358.
  • Ashland — 14.
  • Bayfield — 13.
  • Douglas — 33.

St. Louis County

Of the 619 new cases in the Northland this week, 358 were in St. Louis County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Last week, there were 268 cases in the county.

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New cases in St. Louis County cities Sept. 3-9, according to St. Louis County Public Health:

  • Duluth — 162.
  • Hibbing — 29.
  • Hermantown — 24.
  • Eveleth — 23.

  • Virginia — 18.

  • Chisholm — 14.
  • Gilbert, Tower — 10 each.

  • Cook— 9.
  • Proctor— 8.

  • Babbitt, Saginaw — 6 each.
  • Britt — 5.
  • Aurora, Ely, Iron— 4 each.
  • Biwabik, Mountain Iron — 3 each.
  • Angora, Floodwood, Hoyt Lakes — 2 each.
  • Cotton, Embarrass, Makinen, Orr — 1 each.

As of Thursday, the county's seven-day testing positivity rate was 4.3%, up 0.5% from last week. The county conducted 8,359 tests Sept. 3-9.

Carlton County

Carlton County logged 54 new cases in the last week. Those new cases came from 1,123 tests, putting this week's testing positivity rate at 4.8%, up 3.1% from last week.


New cases in Carlton County ZIP codes Sept. 3-9, according to Minnesota Department of Health data:

  • Cloquet — 34.
  • Barnum — 7.
  • Moose Lake — 5.
  • Esko, Wrenshall, Wright — 3 each.
  • Carlton — 2.
  • Sawyer — 1.

All Minnesota Northland counties had positive test rates under 5% this week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all Northland counties except Lake County have high levels of community transmission. Lake County was one of two counties in Minnesota that have substantial levels of community transmission instead of high.

In the Northland, an additional 948 people received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total of Northland residents with at least one dose to 233,154, and 1,394 people became fully vaccinated. The total number of fully vaccinated Northlanders is now 220,801 — about 55% of the Northland's total population.

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

  • Aitkin — 53%.
  • Carlton — 60%.
  • Cook — 73%.
  • Itasca — 50%.
  • Koochiching — 51%.
  • Lake — 62%.
  • St. Louis — 60%.
  • Ashland — 60%.
  • Bayfield — 66%.
  • Douglas — 58%.