St. Louis County is recording 23 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, marking the second day in a row the number of new cases has been in the 20s and putting this week's total so far at 102.
Of the new cases in the county, 16 were attributed to residents in the Duluth area, according to St. Louis County. One new case each has been added to the Hermantown area and the Quad Cities area, which includes Virginia, Mountain Iron, Eveleth and Gilbert. Three new cases have been added to the county's category of "other," meaning all other towns that have recorded fewer than 10 cases in the last several months.
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county has gone down by two in the last day to five. Two of those patients are in an intensive care unit, the same number reported Wednesday.
On Thursday, the county reported a total of 176 active and known cases. The median age for people diagnosed with COVID-19 has not changed since Tuesday and remains at 35.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported five more cases of COVID-19 in Northeastern Minnesota on Thursday. Three new cases were recorded in Koochiching County, putting the total number of new lab-confirmed cases at six there since Sunday.
Two new cases were reported in Carlton County. Since Thursday, Aug. 6, the state has reported 15 new cases in Carlton County. According to the state's weekly update on Thursdays showing the number of cases by ZIP code, 12 of those new cases were recorded in Cloquet's ZIP code and two were recorded in Esko's ZIP code.
The state's ZIP code data only reveals the number of cases in ZIP codes with at least five cases.
One case was recorded in Aitkin County, the second this week.
The new cases were among 697 reported statewide. The health department has recorded seven more COVID-19-related deaths, none of which was recorded in the Northland.
Another 14,744 diagnostic tests have been completed in Minnesota.
Nine new cases were recorded in Douglas County Thursday. That brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases since Sunday to 35.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also reported two new cases in Ashland County and one new case in Bayfield County.
Those new cases were among 943 reported statewide. Seven more Wisconsin residents have died, though none resides in Douglas, Bayfield or Ashland counties.
Wisconsin has conducted another 12,415 diagnostic tests.
This story was updated at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 with additional information from Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 13.