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Today’s Covid-19 Update for Monday, January 18 2021


Roseau County has 1632 Positive Cases; with 0 new cases reported today; and 16 accumulated deaths.

Monday’s COVID update from the Minnesota Department of Health includes 12 new deaths and fewer than 1,000 new cases.

The newly reported deaths bring the state’s total to 5,939 over the course of the pandemic, of which 63.7% (3,786) were residents of long-term care, including seven of the 12 reported Monday.

It’s possible that the new deaths and cases are lower than they have been in recent days due to a reporting lag from the weekend, though both cases and deaths have been trending down in recent weeks.

Minnesota last Saturday confirmed the first five cases of the U.K.-based mutant variant of COVID-19, with residents in four Twin Cities counties testing positive for the B.1.1.7. variant after falling ill between Dec. 16-31. A health department spokesperson told BMTN Thursday that no new cases of the variant have been confirmed.

Meanwhile, the state reported that, through Jan. 15, 194,462 people have received at least 1 dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 38,025 people have completed both doses of vaccine that are required for the vaccines’ full effect.

The health department has launched a public dashboard to track vaccine distribution throughout Minnesota, and you can view it here.

The 969 positive results in Monday’s update were from a total of 21,438 completed tests, creating a daily test positivity rate of 4.52%.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Minnesota’s test positivity rate over the past seven days is 5.09%, making it one of the lowest rates in the country.

The World Health Organization recommends 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.


  • Total tests: 6,173,664 (up from 6,152,636)
  • People tested: 3,152,124 (up from  3,145,270)
  • Positive cases: 447,349 (up from 446,380)
  • Deaths: 5,939 – 218 of which are “probable*” (up from 5,927)
  • Patients no longer requiring isolation: 429,325 (up from 427,468)

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

Last modified: 01/19/2021

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