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WI reports seven new COVID-19 related deaths; MI reports 95

Updated: April 13, 2020 02:16 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Health reported seven new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday. The total number of cases in the state is now 3,341. That's up 128 from the day before.

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A total of 42% of those who died in Wisconsin were black, and 53% of those who died were white. While more females have tested positive for the coronavirus, males have accounted for 60% of deaths. Health officials said 974 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin have been hospitalized.

The Michigan Department of Health reported 95 new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday compared to 111 deaths Saturday. The total number of cases in the state is now 23,993.

Michigan public health official are reporting a big drop in the daily number of COVID-19 cases but are cautioning against drawing wider conclusions as fewer tests are conducted on weekends. Health officials say they can't confirm if the dip “represents a true decline” of coronavirus cases. There's limited data to compare, but the case count could reflect fewer tests administered on weekends. 

The Minnesota Department of Health reported six new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday. One of these deaths took place in St. Louis County.

According to the Department of Health, the most recent death in St. Louis County was an individual in their 80's.

“We can never forget that these numbers are in fact beloved family members, friends and neighbors who are mourned,” Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “We express our condolences and our commitment to continuing the work of protecting Minnesotans the best we can. It is very important for all Minnesotans to do their part in that effort by following social distancing guidelines and other public health recommendations.”

As of Sunday, there was one new case of COVID-19 in Cass County, six new cases of COVID-19 in Carlton County and one new case of COVID-19 in St. Louis County with one new fatality.

A news release said the county is aware of additional deaths that are being investigated but have not yet been confirmed to be coronavirus-related.

"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 them 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."

The county said the new cases include people ranging in age from mid 70s to mid 90s, and some of the cases are connected to St. Ann's Residence in Duluth.

Officials said Wednesday that there is evidence of community transmission of the virus within St. Louis County.

Regionally, there had already been fatalities reported in Iron County, Wisconsin, and Gogebic County, Michigan.

Additional non-fatal cases were also reported in Carlton and Cass counties in Minnesota on Thursday and in Iron County, Wisconsin, late Wednesday.

Iron County Public Health says the resident most recently confirmed to have COVID-19 is in isolation at home.  They are working to determine how the person became infected and reaching out to people who may have come into contact with the person.

The department issued a statement saying that there are likely unidentified positive cases in the community because not everyone is being tested and some people show no symptoms.


The total number of cases reported so far in the WDIO viewing area:

  • Ashland County, WI: 2 cases
  • Bayfield County, WI: 3 cases
  • Beltrami County, MN: 5 cases
  • Carlton County, MN: 25 cases (9 at Moose Lake Correctional Facility)
  • Cass County, MN: 4 cases
  • Douglas County, WI: 7 cases
  • Gogebic County, MI: 4 cases (1 fatal)
  • Iron County, WI: 2 cases (1 fatal)
  • Itasca County, MN: 2 cases
  • Koochiching County, MN: 1 case
  • Sawyer County, WI: 2 case
  • St. Louis County, MN: 38 cases (5 fatal)

The total number of cases reported by state health officials:

  • Minnesota: 1,621 cases, 70 fatalities (Saturday totals released Sunday)
  • Wisconsin: 3,341 cases, 144 fatalities (Saturday totals released Sunday)
  • Michigan: 23,993 cases, 1,392 fatalities (Saturday totals released Sunday)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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