Little COVID growth in Ely

County reports two cases in last week, six over last month

by Tom Coombe
The most recent update confirms a continuing trend of minimal growth in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Ely area.
Among residents of the 55731 zip code, two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last seven days and six new cases have been added overall since Sept. 24.
St. Louis County updated its COVID dashboard Thursday, providing the new information.
The additional cases brought Ely’s cumulative total up to 40, up from 38 last week, and 36 the previous two weeks.
The number was at 34 on Sept. 24, after a period of more rapid growth that included 25 new cases in roughly a month, many associated with an Ely assisted living facility.
The plateau comes despite an Oct 6 testing event in Ely, put on by St. Louis County, in which 495 people were tested. One person tested positive.
It was not immediately clear if the positive test was attributed to an Ely area resident or someone from a neighboring community.
The Ely schools have also remained free of COVID-19 for four weeks, with superintendent Erik Erie announcing Monday that there are no active cases within the school community.
That number was as high as four in mid-September.
According to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, there were 637 active cases within the county as of Thursday, an increase of 110 from the previous week.
There have been 2,797 cumulative cases in the county, and 65 deaths attributed to the virus.
The ratio of positive tests within the county increased slightly, according to the latest report.
For the week ending Oct. 15, 4.1 percent of tests came back positive, up from 3.8 percent the week before. The
prior two weeks it was 5.3 and 6.6 percent, respectively.