The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Tuesday that 60 more residents across the seven counties of Northeastern Minnesota have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Only five of those counties recorded new cases. St. Louis County has the most with 39 more people with COVID-19.
Although St. Louis County has recorded far more infections, Itasca County leads the seven-county region in 14-day trends, according to Itasca County Health and Human Services. As of Oct. 15, the county was experiencing 39.16 cases per 10,000 people over 14 days. Those numbers are from the Minnesota Department of Health and based on the date of specimen collection.
St. Louis County's rate calculated to 28.44 per 10,000 people over 14 days, Aitkin's to 20.21 and Koochiching's to 11.86.
Eight more residents of Itasca County have tested positive. The county has witnessed the first reduction in its 14-day positive case rate since late August, according to a news release from Itasca County. The rate dropped from 52.4 to 51.2 cases per 10,000 people between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15.
"Even though a slight change, it is a sign that rising local trends can be reversed," the release said.
As of Tuesday, the seven-day average of new diagnoses in St. Louis County was 55 cases a day. Since the pandemic began, the county has recorded 2,648 positive test results.
Carlton County recorded nine more people who have tested positive. Over the last seven days, the county has recorded an average of 36 lab-confirmed cases a day.
Lake and Aitkin counties each recorded two more people who were recently diagnosed.
The state reported no new cases in Cook and Koochiching counties.
Minnesota reported seven deaths from the illness on Tuesday. None of those Minnesotans lived in the Northland.
Statewide, 1,120 more people have tested positive and completed diagnostic tests are up by 13,903. That puts the single-day testing positivity rate, meaning the percentage of tests that come back positive, at about 8.1%.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported that eight more Bayfield County residents have tested positive. In the last seven days, the county has averaged four new cases a day.
Ashland and Douglas counties each recorded five more cases. Douglas County has averaged nearly nine new cases a day in the last seven days and Ashland County has averaged five.
The state reported 4,591 more people across the state who have tested positive. That number reflects cases confirmed from the last several days since DHS was upgrading its data reporting system over the weekend.
The state reported that 33 more residents have died from the illness on Tuesday. That number is also reflective of more than one day's worth of data. None of those deaths were recorded in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Completed diagnostic tests are up by 13,611 in Wisconsin. The state's consistently increasing testing positivity rate is showing no signs of retreating. As of Oct. 19, the state's seven-day percentage of tests that came back positive was 21.7%.
This story was updated at 3:29 p.m. Oct. 20 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 12:11 p.m. Oct. 20.