Douglas County on Monday reported its first COVID-19 related death, which was included in Tuesday's report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Ashland County also recorded its third death from COVID-19. These deaths were among 34 recorded statewide, a record high for a single day in Wisconsin since the pandemic began. The previous record was 27 deaths on Sept. 30, fewer than two weeks prior.
Seventy more St. Louis County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the county. That's the second-highest number of cases the county has recorded in a single day after 73 were reported Sept. 25.
Of the nearly 2,300 diagnoses the county has recorded since March, nearly a quarter of them — more than 550 — have been reported since Oct. 1.
At the rate cases have been increasing this month, the county is on pace to record half of all its COVID-19 cases in October, not unlike how about half of the county's cases as of Sept. 30 were recorded in September with more than 800 new diagnoses.
Since Sunday, two more people with COVID-19 have been admitted to a hospital in the county. During the week of Oct. 4-10, there were 18 new hospitalizations and four new intensive care unit admissions.
Across the seven counties of Northeastern Minnesota, 33 other people have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Itasca County recorded 15 of those new diagnoses, bringing the county's total number of lab-confirmed cases to 585. The News Tribune reported Monday that more than half of those can be traced to community spread — workplace exposure as well as gatherings at bars, restaurants and weddings.
Carlton County recorded nine more people with the virus. A total of 351 Carlton County residents have now tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.
Five more Aitkin County residents have tested positive, bringing its total to 123 cases.
Lake and Koochiching counties each recorded two more people with COVID-19.
Statewide, Minnesota reported 1,150 more people with COVID-19 and seven new deaths. None of those deaths were recorded in the seven-county region of Northeastern Minnesota.
Completed diagnostic tests are up 19,444 in the state, putting the latest single-day testing positivity rate at 5.9% and slightly above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's preferred rate of 5%.
Douglas County recorded 15 more diagnoses of COVID-19. Ashland County added seven more cases and Bayfield County recorded six.
Across the state, Wisconsin recorded 3,279 more people who have been diagnosed. Completed diagnostic tests are up 14,541 from the previous day. The state's seven-day-average positivity rate is 19.6%.
This story was updated at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 13 with information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:46 a.m. Oct. 13.