GRAND MARAIS, Minnesota — Cook County reported its first COVID-19-related death on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
The person who died in the county, located at the Arrowhead tip in northeastern Minnesota, was between the ages of 75 and 79.
Cook County still has the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
The second lowest totals are in Big Stone, Lake of the Woods, and Lincoln counties, which count five deaths each.
Minnesota reported 100 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a backlog from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking the state’s death toll to 9,482 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Cook County’s vaccination rate is the highest in Minnesota: 82.6% of the total population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 76.8% is fully vaccinated. Ninety-nine percent of Cook County residents age 65 and older are fully vaccinated.
The US Census Bureau estimated the total population of the county at 5,736 in 2019.