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Northland COVID-19 cases decline for sixth consecutive week

The region had 119 positive cases and six COVID-19-related deaths June 4-10.

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The Northland's 10 counties reported 119 new COVID-19 cases June 4-10. This is a decline for the sixth consecutive week.

There were six COVID-19-related deaths in the region June 4-10. Two were in Douglas County, while Aitkin, Itasca, St. Louis and Bayfield counties each recorded one.

Weekly total cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties June 4-10:

  • Aitkin — 5; 0.7.
  • Carlton — 9; 1.3.
  • Cook — 1; 0.1.
  • Itasca — 22; 3.1.
  • Koochiching — 13; 1.9.
  • Lake — 4; 0.6.
  • St. Louis — 39; 5.6.
  • Ashland — 1; 0.1.
  • Bayfield — 5; 0.7.
  • Douglas — 10; 1.4.

St. Louis County

Of the 119 new cases in the Northland this week, 39 were in St. Louis County. As of Thursday, the county's seven-day testing positivity rate was 1.1%. This is a 0.4% decrease compared to last week. The county conducted 3,530 COVID-19 tests June 4-10. Cases for each city in the county were unavailable this week.

Carlton County

Carlton County logged nine new cases of COVID-19 in the last week. Those new cases came from 676 tests, putting this week's testing positivity rate at 1.3%, a decrease of 1.2% from last week.


New cases in Carlton County ZIP codes June 4-10:

  • Cloquet — 4.
  • Carlton — 3.
  • Esko — 2.

Between June 4-10, 2,492 Northlanders were reported to have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of June 10, 215,591 Northlanders had at least one dose of vaccine, or about 54% of the region's total population.

In that time frame, 3,957 Northlanders became fully vaccinated. As of June 10, there are 197,938 fully vaccinated people in the Northland — about 50% of the region's population.

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

  • Aitkin — 49%.
  • Carlton — 57%.
  • Cook — 72%.
  • Itasca — 46%.
  • Koochiching — 46%.
  • Lake — 56%.
  • St. Louis — 55%.
  • Ashland — 54%.
  • Bayfield — 61%.
  • Douglas — 52%.

Please note: The COVID-19 update will now only appear weekly in the Saturday edition of the News Tribune.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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