Minnesota and Wisconsin health officials reported two new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday as Northeastern Minnesota logged a record number of newly first-dose vaccinated people.

Another 4,147 people in Northeastern Minnesota have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That's the largest single-day vaccination growth for the seven-county region since vaccinations began.

Now nearly half of the region's population has had at least one dose of a vaccine, while nearly a third have completed their series.

Wisconsin's Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties collectively logged about 270 new vaccinations. About 38% of that region's population now has at least one vaccine.

The two people who died were residents of Carlton and Bayfield counties, bringing their COVID-19 death totals to 52 and 20, respectively. The Carlton County resident was in their late 50s. Wisconsin does not report the age of those who died.

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Also on Saturday, health officials reported that another 104 people have tested positive in the 10 counties of the Northland. Most of those people live in St. Louis County.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

  • Aitkin — 6; 2.6.
  • Carlton — 5; 7.1.
  • Cook — 0; 0.4.
  • Itasca — 19; 14.7.
  • Koochiching — 5; 4.3.
  • Lake — 2; 1.6.
  • St. Louis — 58; 49.1.
  • Ashland — 2; 1.4.
  • Bayfield — 4; 1.9.
  • Douglas — 3; 3.7.

Percentage of people with at least one vaccine dose in each county:

  • Aitkin — 38%.
  • Carlton — 43%.
  • Cook — 57%.
  • Itasca — 35%.
  • Koochiching — 33%.
  • Lake — 41%.
  • St. Louis — 41%.
  • Ashland — 40%.
  • Bayfield — 47%.
  • Douglas — 33%.