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Douglas County resident dies of COVID-19

Fifty percent of Northeastern Minnesota residents over age 64 have been vaccinated.

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Minnesota and Wisconsin collectively reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 in the Northland as well as one death Tuesday.

The person who died was a Douglas County resident. The county has now lost 25 people to COVID-19 and its complications.

The region's new cases were among 513 that the Minnesota Department of Health reported and 566 that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported.

Minnesota reported one new death for the second day in a row, while Wisconsin reported 33 new deaths.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

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  • Aitkin — 1; 3.4.
  • Carlton — 6; 3.1.
  • Cook — 0; 0.1.
  • Itasca — 14; 8.6.
  • Koochiching — 0; 0.3.
  • Lake — 2; 2.7.
  • St. Louis — 15; 14.7.
  • Ashland — 1; 0.7.
  • Bayfield — 0; 0.3.
  • Douglas — 3; 1.9.

Another 1,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots have reached the arms of Northeastern Minnesota residents. More than 64,000 people in the seven-county region have now received at least one dose. Nearly half of those people have completed the two-dose series.

Only 16 doses have been administered to residents of Wisconsin's Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties, according to state data reported Tuesday.

Vaccine shipments were delayed around the country last week due to severe weather that affected much of the United States. Those backlogged doses are expected to be delivered this week.

About 10,500 residents in the three counties have received at least one dose and a little less than a third of them have had both shots.

About 50% of all residents in the region who are over age 64 have now been vaccinated against COVID-19. Roughly one-fifth of the region's population have received at least one shot.

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Northeastern Minnesota have dwindled. On Monday, the state reported that nine people were hospitalized in the seven-county region and only one of those people was in intensive care.

This story was updated at 4:54 p.m. Feb. 23 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 12 p.m. Feb. 23.

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