Two of the individuals who died were between the ages of 90 and 94 and one was between the ages of 85 and 89, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The other two, both residents of the long-term care facility in their 90s, were listed as “possibly” after the state’s death.
The state lists them as “possible” deaths from COVID-19 because they were tested on antigen tests rather than a nasal, or PCR test, according to the province. PCR tests detect the genetic material of the virus while antigen tests detect virus-specific proteins.
Previously, the number of new cases recorded by the province in one day was 73 on September 25. Since contact tracking for 97 cases continues until Friday, the province does not have full details to explain what is behind the -up, according to a provincial spokesperson.
However, of the 375 cases recorded by the province on October 10-16, 38, or 10%, of these were students and staff linked to higher education, according to the province. Students and staff of K-12 schools make up 7%, or 25, of last week’s cases, as well as residents and employees gathering living settings.
Contacted today to monitor interviews that now link any new cases to residents of St. Louis County on visits to the presidential campaign since the News Tribune reported four cases in the first week.
The death toll in the province from COVID-19 has risen to 61, a number more due to explosions at long-term care facilities across the province. Only one of the residents who died last week was not a resident of a long-term care facility, according to the province. That individual is in the 90s.
Count the two possible deaths, St. Louis County surpassed a record high September in deaths and is on track to do the same in cases. So far in October, the province has recorded nearly 750 new cases confirmed by the lab and 19 deaths. September saw 18 deaths and 803 new diagnoses.
The diagnosed residents of St. Louis County recorded this week is between the ages of 5 and over 100, aged 34, according to the province. Of the 375 cases recorded since Saturday, October 10, 213 in the Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor and Saginaw areas. The rest spread throughout the rest of the province.
Another Itasca County resident died from COVID-19, bringing the number of coronavirus deaths to 17. The individual is between the ages of 60 and 64.
Twenty other Itasca County residents tested positive. County health officials continue to credit “super-spreader” events for increasing infection rates.
“While much about coronavirus is out of our control, there are three simple things we can do to curb the rise of COVID cases in Itasca County,” Itasca County Health Manager Kelly Chandler told a news release. “Each person is asked to maintain a 6 foot distance from those outside your immediate household, avoid gatherings and wear a mask.”
If the spread of the community does not decline, Chandler said schools will seriously consider pivoting to all online learning.
The provinces of Koochiching and Aitkin each recorded seven more people with COVID-19, Carlton County had four and Lake County had two.
Statewide, Minnesota reported 2,287 more confirmed diagnoses. Completed diagnostic tests reached 44,000 in the state. That was the most complete test the state reported in a day.
The one-day test positive rate, meaning the percentage of tests returned positive, calculated at 5.15%, lower than Wisconsin’s latest seven-day average of 20.7%.
The Wisconsin Department of Health reported 18 more people with COVID-19 in Douglas County on Friday. The seven-day average of the province’s new cases is about nine per day.
Ashland County recorded four more people with COVID-19. The province saw an average of five new cases a day in the last seven days.
Two other Bayfield County residents tested positive. The province saw an average of 4.6 new cases a day in the last seven days.
Statewide, Wisconsin reported another 3,861 people with COVID-19. Completed diagnostic tests climbed 14,586. On the last day, the seven-day state average for testing positive rates dropped by a tenth of one percent to 20.7%.
This story was last updated at 3:44 pm on October 16 to include information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It was originally posted at 11:54 on October 16th.