More cases of COVID-19 reported in Cook County

COVID-19 case counts continue to climb in northeastern Minnesota, including six new cases reported in Cook County in recent days.

The local case count now stands at 83, according to the Cook County COVID-19 comprehensive website. There have been 19 cases reported in the past week locally and there are many active cases in the community compared to other stages of the pandemic.

Among the six cases in recent days are four Cook County men, including two in their 40s, one in their 30s and someone under the age of 18. Two local women also tested positive in recent days, a woman in her 40s and someone under the age of 18.

Cook County remains the only county in Minnesota with fewer than 100 cases since the onset of the pandemic.

Statewide, COVID-19 continues to impact Minnesota in all corners of the state. The Minnesota Department of Health yesterday reported 92 more deaths tied to the disease.

The local Cook County COVID hub site was updated with the local numbers Thursday afternoon (Dec.3). Occasionally the county’s website shows a higher daily case count when compared to the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Starting this week, Cook County public health officials will publish a weekly update Thursday afternoons that will include the following COVID-19 testing data: cumulative cases, cases in the last seven days, 14-day case rate, CMS positivity rate, lab tests, cumulative test rate and the number of deaths from Cook County residents due to COVID-19.

As of Dec. 3, no Cook County residents have died from COVID-19.