Across the 10-county region of the Northland, 93 more people have tested for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

As usual, St. Louis County recorded the most, with 49 recently diagnosed residents. The county's latest seven-day average of new cases was 45 on Wednesday. Roughly a quarter of all of St. Louis County's 2,346 lab-confirmed cases have been recorded since Oct. 1.

Itasca County recorded the second-most new diagnoses in the northeast part of the state Wednesday with 12. The county's latest seven-day average of new cases was about 17 new cases a day.

Six more Aitkin County residents have tested positive, putting the daily average from the last seven days at about three cases a day.

Carlton County recorded four more people with COVID-19, putting the seven-day average at fewer than five new cases a day.

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Lake County recorded three more people with COVID-19 and Koochiching County recorded one.

Statewide, Minnesota reported 1,214 more people who have tested positive and 29 new deaths across the state, none of which were recorded in the Northland.

Another 12,197 diagnostic tests have been completed in the state, putting the latest single-day testing positivity rate at nearly 10%, several percentages higher than it's been in recent days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prefers a positivity rate around 5%.

Since early September COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Minnesota have increased by more than 65%, said Minnesota Department of Health Assistant Commissioner Dan Huff in a media call Tuesday, but cases are growing faster than testing.

“That is not good,” said Huff, adding that the addition of three new saliva testing sites will help the state meet the testing demand.

Free saliva testing sites open in Moorhead and Winona this week, while another one is expected to open in Brooklyn Park next week. The first saliva testing site in the state opened at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in late September.


In Wisconsin, Douglas County recorded nine more people with COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

In the last seven days, the county has averaged nearly 12 new lab-confirmed cases a day.

Five more residents of Bayfield County have tested positive, putting the county's seven-day average at about four new cases a day.

Ashland County recorded four more diagnoses and has recorded an average of almost six new cases a day in the last week.

Statewide, Wisconsin reported 3,107 more people with COVID-19 and 28 more deaths. None of those deaths were recorded in Northland counties.

Completed diagnostic tests are up by 14,542. The state's latest seven-day average of testing positivity rates, meaning the percentage of tests that come back positive, was 20.3%. The positivity rate in Douglas, Bayfield and Ashland counties is much lower than the statewide average.

This story was updated at 3:04 p.m. Oct .14 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 12:32 p.m. Oct. 14.