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Northland's 7-day COVID-19 case total under 100 for first time since August

The 10-county region now has more than 200,000 fully vaccinated residents. Two area COVID-19-related deaths were recorded in the last seven days.

FSA Coronavirus local

The Northland reported 92 cases of COVID-19 between June 11 and 17. In that time, there were two local deaths recorded: one in St. Louis County and one in Itasca County.

This is the first time the region's weekly total of cases has been under 100 since the week of Aug. 13-20.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties June 11-17:

  • Aitkin — 5; 0.7.
  • Carlton — 3; 0.4.
  • Cook — 1; 0.1.
  • Itasca — 13; 1.9.
  • Koochiching — 15; 2.1.
  • Lake — 6; 0.9.
  • St. Louis — 39; 5.6.
  • Ashland — 2; 0.3.
  • Bayfield — 1; 0.1.
  • Douglas — 7; 1.

St. Louis County

Of the 92 new cases in the Northland this week, 39 were in St. Louis County.

Information about cases by city was unavailable last week. This information includes case totals for the last two weeks. New cases in St. Louis County cities June 4-17:


  • Duluth — 41.
  • Virginia — 11.
  • Hibbing — 7.
  • Eveleth — 5.

All other cities in the county logged fewer than five new cases over the last 14 days.
As of Thursday, the county's seven-day testing positivity rate was 1.2%. This is an increase of 0.1% from last week. The county conducted 3,226 tests between June 11 and 17.

Carlton County

Carlton County logged three new cases in the last week, but four total cases were reported in data broken down by ZIP code. The county conducted 612 tests, putting this week's testing positivity rate at 0.5% — down 0.8% from last week.

New cases in Carlton County ZIP codes June 11-17:

  • Cloquet, Esko — 2 each.

The Northland now has more than 200,000 fully vaccinated residents. Over the last seven days, 4,533 people became fully vaccinated, for a total of 202,471 people. The region is now 51% fully vaccinated, and 54% of the population has at least one dose of vaccine. In the last week, 1,769 people received a first dose of vaccine.

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

  • Aitkin — 49%.
  • Carlton — 58%.
  • Cook — 73%.
  • Itasca — 46%.
  • Koochiching — 47%.
  • Lake — 57%.
  • St. Louis — 56%.
  • Ashland — 54%.
  • Bayfield — 61%.
  • Douglas — 52%.
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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