Compared with the county’s previous single-day record on November 6, this is an increase of almost 70%. In the past 7 days, St. Louis County recorded an average of 171.6 new cases per day.
Of these, 52 cases (about 16%) lived among residents between 20 and 24 years old.
Two other residents of St. Louis County died of COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, these people are between 65-69 and 75-79 years old. One of them is a resident of long-term care or assisted living facilities, and the other lives at home.
79 St. Louis County residents have now lost their lives due to this disease.
Carleton and Itasca counties also set new highs. Carleton County recorded 76 new diagnoses, an increase of nearly 60% from the highest level on November 6.
The county recorded the eighth death, between the ages of 65 and 69.
Consistent with recent events, itasca County recorded 61
Dr. Phil Imholte, a family medicine physician at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, called on community members to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Imholte said at a press conference in Itasca County on Thursday: “Healthcare providers are very frustrated with our community’s behavior, blatantly ignoring the wearing of masks and the gathering of people with other groups of people, leading to the rapid and almost uncontrollable spread of COVID.”
Imholte said: “Due to the surge of COVID in the community, our hospital is full, so it is difficult to take care of heart attacks, strokes and trauma.” “Some people want to prove that the COVID number is not important, but I hope everyone agrees to the hospital number. Very important.
He said: “If you want your healthcare provider to help you, your grandmother, your uncle, your child or your friend when you need any form of care, then it’s time to improve your behavior.”
Minnesota reported 7,228 new infections and 39 deaths on Thursday. Another of these deaths was recorded in Northland. A resident of Atkin County between the ages of 90 and 94 died, bringing the county’s death toll to 9.
The number of completed diagnostic tests in Minnesota has increased by 48,513, bringing the state’s single-day positive test rate (the percentage of those that return to positive) to 14.9%.
New cases and 7-day averages in other counties in northeastern Minnesota:
- Atkin: 6; 16.7.
- Chef: 2; 0.9.
- Koochiching: 9; 5.9.
- Lake: 11; 6.1.