Another 108 people in the 10-county region of the Northland have tested positive for COVID-19 and two more people have died from the illness and its complications as of Tuesday.

Aitkin County and Bayfield County reach had one death, their 32nd and 17th, respectively. The Aitkin County resident in their early 90s.

Of the new cases, nearly half live in St. Louis County, which recorded 49 new cases. That is the lowest the daily new case number has been in the county since late October. Over the last seven days, St. Louis County has reported an average of 85 new cases a day. About a month ago, the county's daily average was around 230 new cases a day.

Carlton County also logged its lowest number of new cases since late October. The Minnesota Department of Health reported on Tuesday that eight more Carlton County residents had tested positive. The county's seven-day average is about 18 new cases a day, down by about 68% from what it was a month ago.

New cases and seven-day averages in other counties:

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  • Aitkin — 1; 4.9.
  • Cook — 0; 0.6.
  • Itasca — 11; 19.7.
  • Koochiching — 2; 4.6.
  • Lake — 3; 3.3.
  • Ashland — 9; 10.
  • Bayfield — 4; 6.
  • Douglas — 21; 30.

At one point Monday, 117 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Northeastern Minnesota and 23 of them were in an intensive care unit, according to the state. About 17% of ICU beds in the region were available and about 13% of non-ICU beds were available.

The state updates its public hospital capacity data once every week day. Hospital bed availability fluctuates constantly throughout the day and the data is only intended to provide a point-in-time look into what hospitals are experiencing.

This story was updated at 4:53 p.m. Dec. 22 with additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:50 a.m. Dec. 22.