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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Friday, December 18 2020


Roseau County has 1536 Positive Cases; with 9 new cases reported today; and 13 accumulated deaths.

Friday’s COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health includes just over 2,700 new cases and 65 deaths, including three people from Hennepin County in their late 40s.

The 65 newly reported deaths brings the number of fatal COVID-19 cases in Minnesota during the pandemic to 4,723. Long-term care deaths account for 3,070 (65%) of the total, including 35 of the 65 reported Friday.

The state has reported 1,130 deaths through the first 18 days of December after reporting 1,140 fatal cases in November, which was far and away the deadliest month in Minnesota so far. December will likely set the new monthly high on Saturday.

The 2,737 positive results in Friday’s update were from a total of 63,994 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.27%.

The World Health Organization recommended in May that a percent positive rate (total positives divided by total completed tests) of below 5% for at least two weeks is necessary to safely reopen the economy. That 5% threshold is based on total positives divided by total tests.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s percent positive over the past seven days is 8.02%.

The 63,994 completed tests were from 17,926 people. People are often tested more than once, so the test positivity rate when dividing positives by people tested is 15.27% today.


  • Total tests: 5,096,768 (up from 5,033,129)
  • People tested: 2,826,456 (up from 2,808,530)
  • Positive cases: 391,889 (up from 389,171)
  • Deaths: 4,723 – 129 of which are “probable*” (up from 4,658)
  • Active cases: 31,021 (up from 30,504)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 360,868 (up from 358,667)

Updated daily with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.

Last modified: 12/19/2020

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