Another 112 people in St. Louis County have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, according to Minnesota health officials.
The Minnesota Department of Health also reported another death from COVID-19 in the county on Friday. However, that death, along with the three of the four other deaths the county logged this week, occurred in 2020.
Those four people lived in long-term care facilities, Dana Kazel, spokesperson for St. Louis County, told the News Tribune. The county has not heard from the health department why those deaths are just now being reported.
"While we’re concerned by the continued increase in new cases, we’re actually encouraged by the relatively few recent deaths, and again are taking it as an indication that vaccinations — and the strategies for vaccinating for impact — are working," Kazel said.
St. Louis County's cases are among 176 reported Friday in the seven-county region of Northeastern Minnesota.
New cases and seven-day averages in Northeastern Minnesota counties:
- Aitkin — 7; 4.9.
- Carlton — 14; 7.
- Cook — 2; 0.6.
- Itasca — 32; 13.7.
- Koochiching — 6; 5.7.
- Lake — 3; 1.
- St. Louis — 112; 54.9.
Another 1,500 people in Northeastern Minnesota have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the total to more than 138,000. Roughly 51% of the region's population age 16 and older has received at least one dose.
Percentage of total population with at least one vaccine dose in each county:
- Aitkin — 40%.
- Carlton — 46%.
- Cook — 62%.
- Itasca — 36%.
- Koochiching — 34%.
- Lake — 43%.
- St. Louis — 43%.