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St. Louis County reports decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, death rates unchanged

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DULUTH, MN -- Some encouraging news Tuesday from St. Louis County health officials who say COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined across the county.

During a joint St. Louis County and Duluth virtual news conference, Amy Westbrook, the county's Public Health Division Director, said hospitalization rates have declined in the last month.

Westbrook said right now there is an average of six hospitalizations per week, about half of what the county experienced in November.

She said while the community transmission rate remains high, the new data offers some hope thanks in part to the Governor's restrictions.

"Community transmission has come down, Westbrook said. However, the county still has widespread community transmission rates. We haven't seen our deaths follow that trend yet, unfortunately."

Westbrook and hospital officials said despite the encouraging news surrounding hospitalizations along with the arrival of the vaccine, now is not the time for people to let their guard down.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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