First COVID-19 Related Death Reported in St. Louis County



UPDATE: DULUTH, Minn. – St. Louis County officials say the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a male in his 70’s is the first COVID-19 related death in the county.

Health officials are aware of additional deaths in the county that are currently being investigated to determine if they are also related to COVID-19.

If confirmed they will likely be reported by the MDH on Friday.

“This is a very somber day for us,” said Amy Westbrook, St. Louis County Public Health division director. “To a certain extent, we knew we likely would see deaths from COVID-19 here, but it is still heartbreaking to have it confirmed, and our best wishes go to the loved ones of these people.”

 “This continues to be a fluid situation,” Westbrook added, “And we are all doing our best to ensure accurate information is provided to the public as we continue to address the very real needs to protect people in our community.”

According to leadership at St. Ann’s Residence three residents at the assisted living facility have passed away due to COVID-19 complications, however, this has not yet been confirmed on the Minnesota Department of Health website.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday morning the Minnesota Department of Health reported the first death in St. Louis County due to COVID-19.

According to the MDH website St. Louis County now has a total of 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus although health officials say the actual number of cases is likely higher due to a lack of testing.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota reached 1,242 on Thursday, which includes 675 recoveries. The total number of deaths in the state jumped to 50.

The MDH website says there are 145 people hospitalized today due to COVID-19 and 63 of those patients are in the intensive care unit.

Douglas County is still reporting one confirmed case in the county and Carlton County is reporting 15.

As of Thursday, 65 of the 87 Minnesota counties reported having confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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