Hermantown Elementary was added to the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.

A school building is placed on the list if it reports five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students or staff who were in a building while infectious during a two-week reporting period. The building is removed after 28 days of no new positive tests.

No other Northland schools were added to the list.

These Northland schools remain on the outbreak list as of Thursday:

  • Grand Rapids High School, added Oct. 8.

  • Hermantown High School, added Feb. 11.

  • Lowell Elementary School, in Duluth, added March 11.

  • Robert J. Elkington Middle School, in Grand Rapids, added March 11.

  • Hibbing High School, added March 18.

  • Mesabi East High School in Aurora, added March 18.

  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Grand Rapids, added March 18.

  • Cohasset Elementary School in Cohasset, added March 25.

  • Greenway High School in Coleraine, added March 25.

  • West Rapids Elementary School in Grand Rapids, added March 25.

  • Mesabi East Elementary School in Aurora, added March 25.

  • Memorial High School in Ely, added March 25.

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As of Thursday, 26 new school buildings statewide were added to the list and seven were removed for a total of 158 buildings remaining on the list.

From March 21-27, there were 913 more positive COVID-19 cases in schools statewide, with 150 new cases among staff and 763 new cases among students. The state reported three staff members and five students were hospitalized last week.

Local COVID-19 numbers

COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County teens continue to increase. Those ages 15-19 had 37 new cases over the past week. Those ages 0-4 had five new cases, ages 5-9 had 16 and ages 10-14 had 12.

Statewide, COVID-19 cases over the past week in these age groups were: ages 0-4, 312; ages 5-9, 495; ages 10-14, 767; and ages 15-19, 970.

Anyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-verified 14-day case rates per 10,000 residents around the Northland for March 7-20 were:

  • 6.95 in Aitkin County.

  • 14.63 in Carlton County.

  • 30.13 in Cook County.

  • 32.3 in Itasca County.

  • 13.25 in Lake County.

  • 19.29 in St. Louis County.

  • 15.1 in the Duluth area.

  • 23.2 in Central/Southern St. Louis County.

  • 34.7 in Northern St. Louis County.

The 14-day case rates are used as guidance for school districts when choosing the right learning model for middle and high school students. Elementary students are allowed to return to in-person learning five days a week starting Jan. 18 regardless of these numbers.

According to Essentia Health’s COVID-19 Regional Projections dashboard, the county 14-day case rates per 10,000 residents as of March 30 were:

  • 10 in Aitkin County.

  • 28 in Carlton County.

  • 19 in Cook County.

  • 39 in Itasca County.

  • 16 in Lake County.

  • 27 in St. Louis County.