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Northland records 30 COVID-19 deaths this week

The Northland recorded 2,227 cases between Nov. 19 and 26.

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The Northland recorded 30 COVID-19 deaths Nov. 19-26, the highest weekly total of 2021.

St. Louis County recorded 19 COVID-19 deaths in the eight-day period. Aitkin, Carlton and Itasca counties each had three deaths in that time period. One Carlton County death was a person between age 35 and 39. Koochiching and Ashland counties each had one death. The Koochiching County resident was a person between age 40 and 44.

The Northland recorded 2,227 cases between Nov. 19 and 26, according to the Minnesota Department of Health and Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Data from Wisconsin was recorded Nov. 19-25, due to the News Tribune's press time. Last week, the 10-county region had 1,999 new cases.

Forty-one people were hospitalized Nov. 19-24 with COVID-19 in St. Louis County, including one pediatric patient, according to St. Louis County Public Health. Three patients were admitted to an intensive care unit in the six-day period. So far in November, there have been 140 COVID patients hospitalized in the county — including three pediatric patients — and 17 ICU admissions. Hospitalization data includes six days of data due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

New cases in Northland counties Nov. 19-26:


  • Aitkin — 64.
  • Carlton — 219.
  • Cook — 10.
  • Itasca — 259.
  • Koochiching — 91.
  • Lake — 49.
  • St. Louis — 1,272.
  • Ashland — 42 (Nov. 19-25).
  • Bayfield — 51 (Nov. 19-25).
  • Douglas — 170 (Nov. 19-25).

School outbreaks

Forty-six Northland schools have COVID-19 outbreaks. The following schools listed have five or more confirmed cases in students or staff who were in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday:

  • Denfeld High School, Homecroft Elementary, Laura MacArthur Elementary, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lowell Elementary, North Shore Community School, North Star Academy, Ordean East Middle School and Pike Lake Elementary — all in Duluth.
  • Hermantown Elementary and Hermantown Senior High in Hermantown.
  • Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High and Franklin Elementary in Eveleth.
  • Roosevelt Elementary and Virginia Secondary in Virginia.
  • Cherry Elementary and Cherry Secondary in Iron.
  • Hibbing High and Lincoln Elementary in Hibbing.
  • Mesabi East Elementary and Mesabi East Secondary in Aurora.
  • North Woods Elementary and North Woods Secondary in Cook.
  • Merritt Elementary and Mountain Iron-Buhl Secondary in Mountain Iron.
  • Minnehaha Elementary in Two Harbors.
  • Barnum Elementary and Barnum Secondary in Barnum.
  • Cloquet Middle School in Cloquet.
  • Lincoln Secondary and Winterquist Elementary in Esko.
  • Aitkin Secondary and Rippleside Elementary in Aitkin.
  • Bigfork Secondary in Bigfork.
  • Cohasset Elementary in Cohasset.
  • Deer River Secondary in Deer River.
  • East Rapids Elementary, West Rapids Elementary, Grand Rapids Senior High and Robert J. Elkington Middle School in Grand Rapids.
  • Keewatin-Nashwauk Elementary in Keewatin.
  • Nashwauk Secondary in Nashwauk.
  • Falls Elementary in International Falls.
  • Littlefork-Big Falls Elementary and Littlefork-Big Falls Secondary in Littlefork.
  • Northome Elementary in Northome.

According to data from St. Louis County Public Health, 321 cases were recorded in people younger than 20 in the eight-day period Nov. 19-24. People age 5-9 accounted for the largest case total in the county, with 111 people in each age category testing positive.
The second-highest total of new cases was reported in people age 10-14, with 103 positive cases.

St. Louis County

Of the 2,227 new cases in the Northland this week, 1,272 were in St. Louis County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Last week, there were 1,122 cases in the county.

New cases in St. Louis County cities Nov. 19-24, according to St. Louis County Public Health:

  • Duluth — 553.
  • Hermantown — 84.
  • Hibbing — 75.
  • Virginia — 62.
  • Eveleth, Proctor — 34 each.
  • Chisholm — 30.
  • Ely — 29.
  • Saginaw — 21.
  • Aurora, Saginaw — 21 each.
  • Tower — 14.
  • Gilbert — 13.
  • Mountain Iron — 12.
  • Aurora, Cook, Hoyt Lakes —11 each.
  • Alborn, Iron — 10 each.
  • Biwabik — 8.
  • Buhl, Cotton, Culver, Embarrass, Floodwood, Orr — 7 each.
  • Britt — 5.

All other St. Louis County cities recorded fewer than five cases.
Information about county testing rates was not available this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


In the Northland, 255,090 residents have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine — about 64% of the Northland's total population — and 237,555 residents are fully vaccinated — about 60% of the total Northland population.

Since the Pfizer COVID vaccine became available to children age 5-11 at the beginning of November, 5,171 Minnesota Northlanders age 5-11 have gotten their first dose of vaccine — an increase of 2,308 from last Thursday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not yet have data for 5- to 11-year-olds available.


Percentage of people with at least one vaccine dose in each county (includes entire county population):

  • Aitkin — 58%.
  • Carlton — 66%.
  • Cook — 83%.
  • Itasca — 56%.
  • Koochiching — 54%.
  • Lake — 69%.
  • St. Louis — 66%.
  • Ashland — 64%.
  • Bayfield — 70%.
  • Douglas — 62%.
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