Two more St. Louis County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll from the illness to 55.

Thirteen of those have been recorded in the month of October. The two individuals who recently died were between the age of 65-69 and 70-74, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Across the 11 Northland counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, 97 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thirty-five of those people live in St. Louis County, which has experienced a 7-day average of about 38 new cases a day.

Itasca County recorded 18 of those new diagnoses on Saturday. The county's 7-day average of new cases was nearly 19 as of Saturday.

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Four more Koochiching County residents have tested positive, putting the county's 7-day average at 2.8 new cases.

Carlton County recorded three more people with COVID-19 for a 7-day average of 5.4 new cases.

Aitkin and Lake counties each recorded two more people with the coronavirus. Both counties had a 7-day average of 2.3 new cases as of Saturday.

Minnesota reported one more person with COVID-19 in Cook County for a total of nine cases recorded since the first was reported June 13. The News Tribune reported the ninth case on Thursday, prior to the state doing so on Saturday.

Statewide, Minnesota reported 1,537 more people with COVID-19 and a total of 10 new deaths, including the two St. Louis County residents.

Completed diagnostic tests are up by 31,665, putting the state's latest single-day testing positivity rate at 4.9%.

In Wisconsin, Douglas County recorded 17 more people who have tested positive, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The county's 7-day average of new cases was 11 as of Saturday.

Eleven more residents of Bayfield County have tested positive. That's the most cases the county has recorded in a single day, though the county's latest 7-day average was just over 3.

In Ashland County, eight more residents have been diagnosed, bringing the 7-day average of new cases to 5.4.

Statewide, Wisconsin reported 2,742 more people with COVID-19. Completed diagnostic tests are up by 14,386. The state's latest 7-day testing positivity rate calculates to 17.6%. Wisconsin's testing positivity rate has remained above the preferred 5% since June 29 and has increased steadily ever since. However, the testing positivity rate just for Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties has stayed below 5%.

Higher education

Lake Superior College in Duluth recorded nine more students with COVID-19 between Oct. 1-7, according to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' COVID-19 dashboard. That brings the total number of students and employees who have tested positive since Aug. 26 to 31. Not all of those cases are still active, as 22 of them were recorded in the last two weeks.

Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids recorded two more employees and one more student with COVID-19 between Oct 1-7. Since Aug. 26 the college has recorded three students and two employees who have tested positive.

Hibbing Community College recorded one more student who has tested positive, bringing the total to four students since the semester began.

The other Minnesota State community colleges in St. Louis and Carlton counties did not record any cases during that week.

The News Tribune reported Friday that the University of Minnesota Duluth recorded 31 more members of the campus community with COVID-19 between Sept. 27-Oct. 3, according to the university's dashboard, and that 13 of those people were on campus while infected.

Between Sept. 20-Oct. 3 the Health Department reported that 85 higher education institutions across Minnesota had one person of the campus community test positive. Of those institutions, 67 recorded between 1-10 new cases, 11 recorded 11-30 cases, 6 recorded 31-99 cases and one recorded more than 100 cases.

During that same time period, higher education institutions in Minnesota recorded nearly 1,000 positives among members of their campus communities, though not all of them were on campus while infected.

Of the 3,311 people who are affiliated with colleges and universities and have tested positive since July 26, 40% of them were on campus while infected and 656 of those people live on campus.

In Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has reported a total of 17 residential students who have tested positive since Sept. 8 through on-campus testing, according to the UW System's COVID-19 dashboard. Three of those UW-Superior students tested positive in the last two weeks.

Since the fall semester began, UW-Superior has administered 804 diagnostic tests to residential students, who are required to be tested on campus every two weeks. The COVID-19 data does not include students and employees tested off campus.