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Northland records 257 COVID-19 cases this week

The 10-county region had two COVID-19-related deaths in the past seven days.

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DULUTH — The Northland's 10-county region recorded 257 new COVID-19 cases April 8-14. The area had two COVID-related deaths in the past week: one in Itasca County and one in St. Louis County.

In St. Louis County, seven people were hospitalized April 8-14 with COVID, including one pediatric patient, according to St. Louis County Public Health. One person was admitted to an intensive care unit. As of April 14, seven people have been hospitalized with COVID this month, including one pediatric patient, and two have been admitted to an ICU.

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services do not provide the vaccination status of individuals who die or are hospitalized due to COVID.

New cases in Northland counties April 8-14:

  • Aitkin — 9.
  • Carlton — 21.
  • Cook — 2.
  • Itasca — 12.
  • Koochiching — 3.
  • Lake — 2.
  • St. Louis — 157.
  • Ashland — 6.
  • Bayfield — 15.
  • Douglas — 30.

School outbreaks

No Northland schools have COVID outbreaks, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Schools with five or more confirmed cases in students or staff who were in the building while infectious during a two-week reporting period are considered to have COVID outbreaks.


        St. Louis County

        Of the 257 new cases in the Northland this week, 157 were in St. Louis County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

        Cases in St. Louis County cities April 8-14, according to St. Louis County Public Health:

        • Duluth — 117.
        • Virginia — 8.
        • Hermantown — 5.

        All other cities in St. Louis County recorded fewer than five cases this week.
        The Minnesota Department of Health no longer records COVID-19 testing data due to federal guidelines not requiring negative tests to be recorded, so county positivity rates can no longer be calculated.

        According to data from St. Louis County Public Health, 23 cases were recorded in people younger than 20 in the seven-day period April 8-14. People age 35-39 had the most cases per age group in the county, with 19 people in that age category testing positive.

        The second-highest number of cases were recorded in county residents age 20-24 and 30-24, with 14 people in each age category testing positive.

        Carlton County

        Carlton County logged 21 new cases April 8-14.

        New cases in Carlton County ZIP codes April 8-14, according to Minnesota Department of Health data:

        • Cloquet — 17.
        • Esko — 3.
        • Carlton, Cromwell, Moose Lake, Wrenshall — 1 each.



        As of April 14, 270,210 residents have received at least one dose of vaccine — about 68% of the Northland's total population — and 256,607 residents are fully vaccinated — about 64% of the total Northland population.

        According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 147,558 of the state's Northlanders are updated with their COVID vaccinations and boosters. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 28,940 Wisconsin Northlanders have received a booster dose.

        Percentage of people with at least one vaccine dose in each county (includes entire county population):

        • Aitkin — 61%.
        • Carlton — 70%.
        • Cook — 86%.
        • Itasca — 59%.
        • Koochiching — 58%.
        • Lake — 72%.
        • St. Louis — 69%.
        • Ashland — 72%.
        • Bayfield — 74%.
        • Douglas — 67%.

        Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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