Two Northland schools were added to the Minnesota Department of Health's outbreak list Thursday.
A school building is put 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.
Bay View Elementary School, in Duluth, and Falls Elementary, in International Falls, were added to the list Thursday and Piedmont Elementary School, in Duluth, added April 22, was removed from the outbreak list.
These Northland schools still remain on the outbreak list as of Thursday:
Grand Rapids High School, added Oct. 8.
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.
West Rapids Elementary School, in Grand Rapids, added March 25.
Hermantown Elementary School, added April 1.
Virginia High School, added April 8.
East High School, in Duluth, added April 15.
Denfeld High School, in Duluth, added April 22.
Lincoln Elementary School, in Hibbing, added April 22.
King Elementary School, in Deer River, added April 22.
Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, in Nashwauk, added April 29.
Laura MacArthur Elementary School, in Duluth, added April 29.
Deer River High School, in Deer River, added May 6.
East Grand Rapids Elementary School, in Grand Rapids, added May 15.
North Woods School (secondary), in Cook, added May 20.
As of Thursday, nine new school buildings were added to the list and 24 were removed for a total of 331 buildings remaining on the list.
From May 16-22, there were 430 more positive COVID-19 cases in schools statewide, with 39 new cases among staff and 391 new cases among students. This is the lowest single week of new cases in schools since early February. The state reported six staff members were hospitalized last with two spending time in the intensive care unit. Five students were also hospitalized last week.
Local COVID-19 numbers
COVID-19 cases in St. Louis County was the lowest among youth since the beginning of the school year with only 20 new cases over the past week in people 19 and under.
In St. Louis County, those age 4 and under had four new cases, ages 5-9 had seven new cases, 10-14 had eight new cases and ages 15-19 had one new case in the past week.
Statewide COVID-19 cases over the past week in these age groups were 137 for age 4 and under, 194 for ages 5-9, 311 for ages 10-14 and 299 for ages 15-19.
Since 12- to 15-year-olds were approved to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on May 10, youth in those age groups have been rolling up their sleeves in quick fashion.
The number of 12- to 15-year-olds who have received at least one dose exceeded those ages 16-17 in just one week. Since May 10, 66,614 Minnesotans ages 12-15 have received at least one dose. In Wisconsin, that number is 51,364.
The number of children ages 12-15 with at least one dose in Northland counties:
59 in Aitkin County.
475 in Carlton County.
15 in Cook County.
259 in Itasca County.
19 in Kooching County.
121 in Lake County.
2,472 in St. Louis County.
80 in Ashland County.
188 in Bayfield County.
420 in Douglas County.
Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in those under age 18, though Moderna announced this week it would seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in those age 12 and up.