Compared with the previous week from November 6 to 12, the county’s cases have increased by more than 100%. This week, about 1,200 St. Louis County residents received their latest positive results.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of cases in the county has exceeded the 5,000 mark.
As always, St. Louis County is not alone. With the exception of Cook County, almost all 10 counties in the northern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin have set new weekly highs.
Dr. Jon Pryor, Essentia Health’s president of Eastern Markets, said at a press conference in Duluth on Thursday that these numbers paint a grim picture.
Pryor said: “No matter what metric you use, COVID-1
Pryor said that at the same time medical demand surged, medical resources were “dangerously” spread scarcely. Despite this, Essentia and St. Luke both emphasized that they are ready to take care of non-COVID-19 patients.
Pryor added that, unlike most viruses, people infected with the coronavirus are most infectious two days before symptoms appear. This is why it is important to wear a mask in particular and keep your body distance. He quoted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that wearing a mask can not only prevent people around the infected person, but also protect the person wearing the mask from infection.
In order to bring about change and help fight the virus, Dr. Nicholas Van Deelen, Chief Medical Officer of the City of St. Luke, stated that anyone can help by avoiding small gatherings, because smaller gatherings can lead to spread.
He said: “If you have to meet with people outside the home, please keep the group small and always wear a mask.”
Amy Westbrook, director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, said that inpatient treatment from COVID-19 continues to set new highs in the county. On Thursday, 54 hospitalized patients and 15 were hospitalized in the intensive care unit.
She mentioned that when the public health system requires case investigation and contact tracking, public health officials need people to answer the phone.
Westbrook said: “The information we collect from you is very important to understand the spread of the virus and to understand the potential risks of exposure in our community.” “You have no trouble. There is no response or anything.”
Looking back at this week’s numbers
With the exception of Cook, the weekly positive rate of every Northland County has increased-the percentage of positive diagnostic tests last week-and some have increased more than others.
Douglas, Bayfield, and Ashland counties in Wisconsin reported the highest weekly positive rates at 35%, 40%, and 41%, respectively.
In the past week, Atkin County had the highest positive rate among the seven counties in northeastern Minnesota at 29%, followed by Itasca (19.5%), Carlton (17.1%) and St. Louis County ( 15%). Health experts believe that 5% or higher is “too high.”
According to the county, it was reported that among 1,200 St. Louis County residents tested last week, about 60% lived in Duluth.
Number of cases in other cities in St. Louis County since November 6:
- Hibbing, 116
- Hermantown, 76
- Virginia 41 years old
- Yves 30
Chisom, 27 years old
- Saginaw (22)
- Proctor, 20 years old
- Mountain iron, 18
- Culver (18)
- Cook at 13
All other towns in St. Louis County have recorded 10 new cases or fewer.
According to records, more than 300 people in Carleton County tested positive between November 6 and 12, an 84% increase from the previous week and the record highs of the previous week.
For every 10,000 residents, Carlton County continues to lead the Northland.
According to weekly postal code data from the state health department, about half of them (167 people) live in Cloquet’s postal code.
Number of new cases in other Carleton County ZIP codes since November 6:
- Esco, 43 years old
- Elk Lake, 38
- Barnum 25
- Carlton, 24 years old
- Wrenshall, 17 years old