Two of the people who died were between 90 and 94 years old, and one was between 85 and 89 years old, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The other two, both long-term residents, in the 90s, were listed as “likely” deaths by the state.
The state lists them as “probable” deaths from COVID-19 when they were tested with antigen tests instead of a nose stick or the PCR test according to the county. PCR tests detect the genetic material of the virus, while antigen tests detect specific proteins in the virus.
Previously, the most recent cases the county registered in one day were 73 on September 25th. As contact tracking for these 97 cases was still ongoing from Friday, the county did not have all the details to explain what was behind the wave according to a county spokesman.
But of the 375 cases, the county registered 1
Contact tracking interviews have now linked any new cases in St. Louis County residents for presidential campaign visits as the News Tribune reported on four cases earlier this week.
This county’s death toll from COVID-19 is now 61, a number that is largely caused by outbreaks in long-term care facilities throughout the county. Only one of the residents who died last week was not a resident of a long-term care facility, according to the county. This person was in the 90s.
Counting the two probable deaths, St. Louis County surpassed a record-high September in deaths and is on track to do the same with cases. So far in October, the county has registered nearly 750 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 19 deaths. In September, 18 deaths and 803 new diagnoses occurred.
The diagnosed residents of St. Louis County registered this week ranged in age from 5 and over 100 with a median age of 34 according to the county. Of the 375 cases recorded since Saturday, October 10, 213 were in the Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, and Saginaw area. The rest were spread out over the rest of the county.
Another Itasca County resident has died of COVID-19, bringing the county’s coronavirus death toll to 17. The person was between 60 and 64 years old.
21 other residents of Itasca County have tested positive. County health officials continue to credit “super-spreader” incidents to increase infection rates.
“While much about coronavirus is beyond our control, there are three simple things we can do to reverse rising COVID cases in Itasca County,” Itasca County Public Health Division Manager Kelly Chandler said in a press release. “Every person is asked to keep 6 feet away from them outside your nearest household, avoid gatherings and wear a mask. “
If the spread of society does not decline, Chandler said schools will seriously have to consider turning to all-online learning.
Koochiching and Aitkin counties each registered seven more people with COVID-19, Carlton County has four and Lake County has two.
Statewide, Minnesota reported 2,287 more confirmed diagnoses. Completed diagnostic tests have increased by 44,000 in the state. These are the most completed tests the state has reported in a single day.
The degree of positivity on a one-day test, meaning the percentage of tests that come back positive, is calculated at 5.15%, far lower than Wisconson’s recent seven-day average of 20.7% positivity.
The Wisconsin Health Department reported 18 more people with COVID-19 in Douglas County Friday. The county’s seven-day average of new cases is about nine a day.
Ashland County registered four more people with COVID-19. The county has seen an average of five new cases a day in the last seven days.
Two more Bayfield County residents have tested positive. The county has seen an average of 4.6 new cases a day in the last seven days.
Across the state, Wisconsin reported 3,861 more people with COVID-19. Completed diagnostic tests have increased by 14,586. In the last day, the state average of seven days for testing positivity rates has dropped by a tenth of a percent to 20.7%.
This story was last updated at 15:44 Oct. 16 to include information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally released at. 11:54 on October 16th.